Mountainous seas, screaming force 7-8 westerly, and a unique combination of driving rain, hail and sandblasting made Ainsdale one dog of a place to sit for two hours this afternoon.
But I was born stupid.
Got down just after 3pm, but the sea was a good way out already, and that combined with scope shake made seawatching extremely difficult.
To be honest I spent most of the time cowering from the deluges and hail, but there were some birds out there too.
Leach's Petrel 1
Manx Shearwater 8
Arctic Skua 1
Common Scoter 6
Great Crested Grebe 1
The grebe distinguished itself by batting south a good hundred metres up the beach from the tide's edge - it was that kind of afternoon.
Tomorrrow could be amazing, if the totals from south of me today are anything to go by - 90 Leach's off Crosby; 80 off New Brighton and 120 off Hilbre.
Shame I'm working.
Duncan Rothwell was telling me the rangers had at least 5 Leach's past Ainsdale over the tide (I arrived 2 hours later), with one going past the window of the tower on the Discovery Centre!
Can't wait to see what Bazzo gets off Formby tomorrow.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...