The wind was dropping away, and the blue sky was beginning to show through, but I thought it was still worth a few hours at the Tobacco Dump this afternoon.
The low end of the tide cycle didn't help matters, but there was mercifully little in the way of sandblow, so it was a pleasant enough two hours, from 2pm to 4pm.
The sea was clearly much quieter today, nowhere near as many birds here - often the way at Formby Point after a big storm, even if there are goodies over the surf elsewhere on the Merseyside and Wirral coast.
Cormorants and Common Scoters were moving back in to reclaim the bay until the next major hooley, but there were still a few Leach's out there.
In fact, had it not been for the amazing movement of birds off here yesterday, I'd have been quite happy with what appears a relatively modest bag in comparison.
Leach's Petrel 3
Arctic Skua 1
Sandwich Tern 37
Common Scoter 25
Mebbe I shoulda gone to Marshside to ogle the Pec after all, although the weather looks to be turning nasty again, judging by the streaks of rain on the window pane at Dempsey Towers now, so there might just be one more seawatch left in this yet.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...