Tempting as a tazz over to Spurn to see Mr Sharp Tail was today, (especially when the bird was viewable from the pub), I found myself instead working thro' some truly impressive downpours, and best of all, a strengthening south westerly wind.
This bodes well for seawatching - although Tim Vaughan enjoyed a wee fall of passerines around Cabin Hill in the rain this morning, shortly before I bumped into him.
On the beach two Little Gulls, and at least 700 terns off Albert Road, with the ever faithful adult Med Gull in the roost and offshore at Formby Point, five Eider ducks, all female/juvs, floating along before flying off to the north.
Gannets and Common Scoter further out, and large numbers of hirundines overhead.
I tried a proper, if brief, seawatch at lunchtime and managed two fine Arctic Skuas (one battering a Common Tern), a single Kittiwake and a Great Crested Grebe off Ainsdale, but I'm expecting it to get better as the week goes on and the tides get improve.
Seawatching trousers on.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...