With a good healthy westerly whipping up the sea off Ainsdale I popped onto the beach at lunchtime to have a look at the tide.
The water pushed right into the parking area, meaning the remaining Sandwich Terns (about 20 birds today) were having to roost almost on the Shore Road entrance, but they didn't seem happy about it, frequently taking flight.
Nowt offshore apart from Scoter strings, but you couldn't have seen much anyway from the beach given the height of the swell.
Plenty of Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin etc at the south end of the Green Beach, and a few parties of Swallows heroically pushing south in the gale.
Before the sea covered the sand, Grey Wag and Golden Plover over, with gangs of Mipits and the odd Chaffinch calling overhead.
I'd heard the Blue Winged Teal had been reported from Marshside again today, and as I had such pants views on Sunday, I nipped up after work.
No sign of Neill's bird, but Swallows still moving through, with 2 Little Egret and 4 Grey Herons cowering behind the lush vegetation at the back of the Junction Pool as the westerly continued unabated.
Shoveler, Teal and Little Grebe with the Coot on the pool.
Hordes of Blackwits, and Pinkies starting to come in for the evening roost on the estuary - which means they'll be up in the air again, honking in the night sky when the high tide forces them off in an hour or two.
Compound was windswept, quiet and darn nippy.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...