Another day and the south westerly hooley was still holding, so with Poms reported to the south and north of us, I gave Ainsdale another chance over the high tide this morning.
Conditions were impressive - mountainous sea, reasonable visibility (apart from the murk on the horizon) and a screaming south westerly, force 6 plus.
Sadly, no one told the birds.
But that's seawatching for you.
Arctic Tern 7
Sandwich Tern 2
Common Scoter 3
I've gotta be honest, I'd have hoped for better - there was one skua out on the horizon for about three seconds before it was lost forever in the swell...some you've just got to let go.
A few Lesser Black Backs tracking through the waves offshore, plus the usual Cormorants (including one with bright white wing patches!), Grey Plover etc.
And apart from two groups of ArcticTern heading south, the ladyboys of the sea were nowhere to be seen (where do all the Sandwich Terns go when it blows hard like this? they weren't roosting on the beach).
The Fulmars were good though - especially as we get fewer and fewer off the coast each year.
Wind drops a bit tomorrow, so another go scanning the swell may reap rewards.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...