Nothing like a good hooley to get things going - and this morning the south westerly was fairly tearing into the coast, squalls, low cloud etc.
The sea was wilder than a Saturday night on the town with The Cramps in Sodom's red light district.
Spent a bit of time looking offshore from Ainsdale, but the weather was too rough - scoters, cormorants etc.
Tomorrow will be better for seawatching - Leach's anyone?
Met John Gramauskas, Chris Tynan et al on the beach - they'd had a female Snow Bunting and four Twite at the end of the lorry road at Marshside, and three Snow Buntings are still knocking about a mile north of the Ainsdale beach entrance apparently.
Headed up the road to the marsh, where a few hundred Pink Feet were feeding in the vegetation south of the Sandplant.
At least three Greenland White Fronts were with them, occasionally lifting their heads clear of the grasses, in pretty atrocious conditions.
The white fronts popped over the road to feed in front of Nels for a time, but soon flapped back onto the outer marsh.
Pintail numbers building up around Nels now.
Graham Clarkson reported a Short Eared Owl earlier on in the same area - he tells me he and Tony had 10 Twite at the end of the lorry road yesterday - good to have them back on the marsh.
A few hundred Lapwing and Goldies at the top of Marshside Two, and an exhausted Red Throated Diver close in and later on the beach over the tide.
With rain closing in again I sought shelter at the Sandgrounders Hide.
The Glossy Ibis was in the channels in front of Polly's Creek, and 31 Pochard were joined by 3 Ruddy Ducks on the Sandplant Pool.
The Water Rail was showing occasionally north of the hide, and walking out onto the little raft against the reeds at times.
The Green Winged Teal was about earlier, but was sheltering out of view by the time I got to the hide.
From Marshside I headed over the mosses for a quick look at Plex, but the light was fading rapidly by the time I got there.
Corn Buntings were gathering before going to roost, and a flock of several thousand Pink Feet were feeding between Plex and Carr Moss.
About 30 Whooper Swans were still in the same area, but with the light almost gone it was impossible to check through the geese properly.
Impressive when they all got up en masse when a microlite thingy went over though.
Why is there never a Howitzer round when you need one?
Looking forward to a good seawatch tomorrow.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...