Psychiatrists would doubtless have a field day - race home from work, tear around the house getting my kit together (bins - check, 'scope - check, trousers - check), then razz down to Ainsdale for an end of the day wind-battering and squall-soaking hour-long seawatch between 4.30 and 5.30pm.
The wind was still blowing in from the west/south west force 5, and the sea was good and rough with plenty of birds out there - trouble was they were all Common Scoters and Cormorants.
Apart from two Gannets at interplanetary range.
I don't have anything against scoters - but a flash of white amongst the wave-riding tubby black critters would have been nice.
Hard to say how many are off Ainsdale at the moment - they kept disappearing in the swell, but several flocks of 20-50 birds were dotted all the way down towards Formby, about 200 yards out.
A few GBBs have joined the LBBs offshore now, swooping down to check out if the scoters or Cormorants have anything worth stealing, but otherwise it was pretty quiet.
Not many waders on the beach either this afternoon - probably sheltering from the wind further up towards Taggs Island.
Anyone seeing anything else?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.