Managed a quick seawatch yesterday off Ainsdale in a good fresh SWly from 1355-1500.
Despite the heavy rain, sheets of sand were whipping off the beach and over the dunes, so I fortified meself with a few pints of Guinness at the Sands Pub before taking up position.
Tide wasn't major, but there were still birds moving through - mainly Gannets and Manxies, slicing south over the waves like hot knives through butter.
Ride it babies, ride.
Manx Shearwater 32
Sandwich Tern 3
Common Scoter 4
Skua sp 1
Good to see the Fulmars - not as many of 'em about these days, but I couldn't do anything with the skua - moving too fast, too far out, too much scope shake - that's the way it goes.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...