As expected, the afternoon shift seawatch from the old Tobacco Dump this afternoon was one of the best I have had off the site...a constant procession of seabirds between 2pm and 4.10pm, as Bazzo, Tropical and I enjoyed the mountainous seas, when we weren't sheltering from heavy downpours.
Luckily, the curtains of scouring windblown sand were flattened by the sharp showers and visibility was pretty damn fine, if a bit spray-heavy over the surf, making digiscoping in the Force 7 SWly impossible, as the blurry shots of Leach's here show.
Leach's Petrels were going by non-stop, but each individual was a stonker - I could never get tired of watching them.
All were heading south, and skuas were out over the swell too, including at least one, and possible two, delicate young Long Tailed Skuas.
Always a mega-bird for a Formby Pt seawatch.
Guillemots sped over the waves in a never ending procession and there were enough Kittiwakes to keep our hopes up for a Sabs - but that would have been greedy on top of the afternoon's haul.
The tally was as follows:
Leach's Petrel 113
Arctic Skua 6
Long Tailed Skua 1-2
Manx Shearwater 16
Sandwich Tern 14
Common Tern 3
Common Scoter 60
God knows how many Leach's were in Liverpool Bay today, it was certainly the biggest concentration that I've seen for 10 years at least, possibly more.
Nice to see a few Fulmars about too, as they seem to be getting decidedly scarce these days.
Wind is meant to drop tomorrow, but you never know, there may still be birds out there.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...