The tide was up as you can see and the roosting ledge held 130 Redshanks and just seven Turnstones, As we finished counting another, noisy, 23 Turnstones appeared possibly from the ledge just above the waves on the other side of the wall. A Starling flew of the cliff top with a beakfull of moss for a nest under the eaves of Uncle Tom's Cabin. (BTO Breeding Atlas record) Out at sea we caught sight of a Red Throated Diver heading northwards low over the waves.
We heard the call of an 'alba' Wagtail echo round the pool and searching the 'salt marsh' found, a little disappointingly, a male Pied Wagtail as another 'alba' called overhead.
Not the best pic of the Redshanks on their roosting ledge but it gives those who have never been to Blackpool an idea of what we're on about.
And a bit more closely cropped - only took the little camera, no scope and not digi-binned - too much dog interference! Sorry Frank but you are a nightmare to go birding with.
Later a few of the Redshank had moved to the top of the wall.
In the meantime let us know if you were out an hour too late this morning in your outback...many might do it tomorrow morning...BST starts - remember your clocks.