Now I know all the dude photographers will have spent the day trying to will will will the Wilson's Phal down to porn range at the Mere today, but it seemed rude to ignore Hurricane Bill's last attempts at attention grabbing.
Tried a sandblasted seawatch from Ainsdale for 45 mins over the tide this afternoon, but disappointingly not much was going through.
A Pom Skua in the Mersey mouth and a juv Kittiwake taking refuge from the wind in the Lifeboat Road car park at Formby (muchas gracias to the force of nature that is Joe Fennerty) suggested there were quality birds out there, but from Ainsdale the distant high tide, strafed with afternoon light, was birdless, apart from a thin trickle of LBBs.
Ten out of ten then to Birdblogger Keith Russell, who gave it half an hour with me, and actually seemed to enjoy the rather challenging conditions - stick with it Keith, birds do come past here - and to be honest, LBBs battling over mountainous seas beat a crowded hide of big lenses every time from where I sit.
Earlier in the day (8.45am), a nice gathering of 79 Ringed Plover, 35 Dunlin, 5 Sanderling, 1, possibly 2, Little Stint, 10-15 Meadow Pipit and 7+ alba wags, plus bizarrely, a Stock Dove off Weld Road, looked mighty fine.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.