Far too nice with far too light a wind to spend time staring at the sea and sands at Ainsdale today after yesterday’s two sessions, but the sunny conditions were good for a stroll at Marshside.
Skylarks and Mipits called away over head in the blue, with plenty of Pinks commuting either side to Marine Drive.
Apart from Robins, the Sandplant scrub was quiet, but up above Common Buzzards seemed to be passing through – I noted a few singletons and groups drifting south, and later I met up with Graham Clarkson who had counted nine from Crossens.
Mainly going through at height, it was tempting to call it passage, although it could just as easily have been local Lancs birds enjoying the warm sun and thermals.
Higher than normal numbers for the marsh though.
We logged a further two as we chatted and scoped the geeses on the outer marsh.
A single Barnacle Goose was with Pinks fairly close in and a fine Peregrine circled off to the south east with what looked like prey.
I headed off in roughly the same direction with lunch and fuel in mind.