Sandblasted, then soaked to the skin, Formby Point was taking no prisoners today.
Wind blowing south westerly, force 5, but decreasing, I was down from 11.30am to 3.30pm.
Tide high at 3.12pm.
Leach's Petrel 1
Manx Shearwater 2
Shearwater sp 1
Arctic Skua 7
Sandwich Tern 164
Common Tern 19
Arctic Tern 9
Common Scoter 250+
plus the usual waders, Shelduck, Cormorants etc.
The Leach's was a peach, heading south just behind the surf at 1.20pm. Always great to see them each autumn. What a bird!
May have overcounted the Arctic Skuas - they were doing a lot of lurking on the swell before flying up at terns, although one young bird that tried its hand with an LBB was pushing its luck.
Most stuff was a fair way out today again, including a shearwater which came by in the murk at about 11.50am - quite big, all dark, with what appeared to be pale patches on the underwing.
It sheared high constantly, and was a powerful looking beastie, with pointed wings.
Hmm, you need to see 'em better than that before I put a name this one, (especially with a bird so rare in the north west) - some always get away seawatching, but that's the name of the game.
Off to dry out.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...