Some of those squalls were positively indecent today, and not surprisingly most sensible critters were taking cover as the rain ricocheted off the water, driven by a brisk south westerly.

There’s always the odd wash-out, but just think how many incredible migrants will have been grounded by the stormy conditions – just gotta find ’em, it’s what autumn is all about.

That said Marshside was fairly quiet today, apart from the huge numbers of Canadas – a breathtaking carpet of feral that almost covered Polly’s Pool.

A Common Buzzard flapped through but barely got above three feet off the ground in the tough conditions.

Swallows hawked amongst the cattle on Crossens Outer and more were in the lee of the trees on Dib Road.

A bracing stroll up at Hesketh Out Marsh blew the cobwebs away, with at least 8 Avocet still, 33 Golden Plover with the Lapwings, a Grey Plover, Great White Egret, Wheatear and about 20 Dunlin, but most sensible waders were tucked in under the banks.

A couple of thousand Pinks dropped onto Banks Marsh.

A seawatch from the dunes on Friday afternoon was uneventful and difficult, but a snoozing male Grey Seal on the beach at Ainsdale needed a check-up courtesy of British Divers (thanks for the prompt response Chris).

Underweight and tired after a breeding season of scrapping with other males, once he had a clean bill of health we left him snoring on the tideline (the seal that is, not Chris).

The fate of storm-battered Razorbills and Common Scoter in the surf and on the sands was more certain – especially with GBBs in close attendance… everyone’s gotta eat.

3 thoughts on “Nah…

  1. The weather over the past few days has clearly had a serious effect on seabirds, evidenced by the number of guillemot corpses on the beach at Ainsdale this morning. I lost count, but among them were at least two cormorants, though no scoters that I found. More curious was the sight of a mute swan bobbing around in the swell about 50 metres offshore, later to be seen standing at the tide’s edge. Never seen that before…

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    • Autumn storms usually claim a fair few auks Tony, they tend to be inexperienced youngsters caught out by the weather and with low body weight. The Mute Swan is odd – although I have seen ‘em
      On the sea here before. Seawatches today and yesterday were poor apart from scoters, a few auks and red throated diver…. The weather system wasn’t quite favourable for Ainsdale although Leach’s and Sabs were at the Mersey mouth and past Wirral.


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