Well, like the man said, we're all inexorably drawn to the sea, and while I consider myself privileged to work on the coast, I have been sorely missing decent seawatching conditions so far this summer.
Fortunately the south westerly was still holding up at about force 4-5 this morning and the tide was a reasonable height off the Tobacco Dump at 1125, so I picked up Bazzo and Tropical and we got in about two and a half hours, in good light and remarkably benign conditions.
A small movement of Arctic Terns was clearly taking place offshore, and it was a pleasant enough morning, with not much downtime - nothing hugely unusual, but good seabirds passing south to enjoy.
Good showing of Arctic Skua and Bonxie, with three of the latter landing on the swell a few hundred metres out, waving their wing flashes about and doubtlessly conspiring towards their next brutish deeds.
Tobacco Dump 0955-1230:
Arctic Skua 7
Manx Shearwater 78
Arctic Tern 55
Sandwich Tern 29
Common Tern 30
Great Crested Grebe 1
Common Scoter 130
Stock Dove 3 (weird)
plus Grey Seal, Cormorant etc.
Manxies were all a bit distant today.
The Stock Dove whizzed along the tideline, so hardly count as seabirds, always feels odd to see 'em on the beach though.
Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown, plus Green Flowered Helleborine on the stiff legged walk back to the NT car park.
Wind may hold tomorrow, so it'll be time for another crack - regardless of whether that lovely summer plumage Grey Phalarope turns up at Martin Mere again.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...