Took 15 minutes to scan the rising tide off Ainsdale after work at 4.30pm on Friday - the balmy southerly wind and cloudy conditions meant the visibility offshore was pin-sharp, and the Manxies and Gannets were still taking advantage of shoals in the shallows to feed.
I could watch Manx Shearwaters for hours - 73 past in 10 minutes this afternoon, with many just behind the surf, and a fair few fluttering along low to the water, rather than shearing up and down.
About 20 Gannets offshore and 7 Common Scoter past too, with scores of Sandwich Terns and smaller numbers of Common Terns fishing.
On Thursday I spent my lunch break watching dragonflies in the slacks - plenty of Common Darters about, perching up in the heat, plus Brown Hawker and a single Ruddy Darter.
The Emerald Damselflies were basking on reedstems at favoured pools - great to watch, with Willow Warbler in the scrub and Swallows zipping through.
A Peregrine hunting the beach between Ainsdale and Birkdale at low tide, and 35+ Ringed Plover in the area too.
Mipits and alba wags on the move, but no Swifts.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...