Seawatching can be a frustrating game, and today ran true to form when I gave Ainsdale a shot from 3.45-5pm.
Admittedly it was a tad inclement, with W/SW winds at force 5-6, heavy rain showers and poor visibility (Mary Poppins - or any other umbrellaphiles - wouldn't have stood a chance).
At least the rain kept the sand blow down. Well, some of it.
The tide was a good way out too - but I still managed two Manx Shearwaters and 8 Common Scoters.
Apart from the usual waders, gulls and a handful of Sandwich Terns on the beach, looking down their bills at the hooley, that was it!
Luckily with Leach's Petrels to the north of us at Rossall Point etc today and one to the south off Red Rocks, I don't think we need to worry too much about more turning up.
The next few days could be very good.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...