South westerly hooley force 5-6 (nuns unstable, vicars defrocked) meant I couldn't not check Ainsdale beach this afternoon between 4 and 5pm.
The surf was still easily 'scopable on the receding tide and conditions were overcast and grey.
That didn't stop two Leach's Petrels going through though - one north and one south, about 20 minutes apart, so conceivably they could have been the same bird.
The first went through like a rocket with the wind up it, before arcing over the wet sand, spooking a few loafing gulls as it did so - classic.
The second was heading effortlessly south through the surf as if there was no wind at all.
Probably among my favourite birds - if they're in the bay now, we could well be on for a big wreck by the end of the week.
Not much else - the ladyboy terns of summer tend to disappear when the wind gets to blowing.
Leach's Petrels 2
Gannet 1 adult
Med Gull 1 sub-adult
Common Scoter 14
I know where I'll be tomorrow afternoon if the wind keeps up.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...