Always been a little sceptical about some of the cetacean reports from our little corner of the Irish Sea - I was first taken seawatching on the dunes more than 40 yrs ago (gawd...), and since then I've seen plenty of Harbour Porpoises, one Bottle Nosed Dolphin, Grey Seals, one Common Seal and lots of ifs, buts and mebbes...
Hardly surprising then that I did a double take just after 1130 today as a Bottle Nosed Dolphin surfaced off Ainsdale on the rising tide, to be followed by a breach-o-maniac second animal shortly after, that went bananas leaping everywhere in the flat calm water halfway out to the horizon.
The Bottlers were just superb as they hung about for at least 45 minutes, drifting slowly south - seen 'em off Anglesey, Scotland, Ireland etc over the years, but watching two from your desk in the office was pretty cool.
So BIG when they launch themselves outta the sea, like huge grey settees crashing back into the water.
Four other watchers got onto them at lunchtime from our tower at Ainsdale.
If they turn up again tomorrow on the tide, I'll tweet and facebook 'em, so you need to follow Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme if you are a social media person, if you want a chance to twitch the blubber tomorrow.
(I'll stick stuff on the blog too of course).
Guided walk from Freshfield to Hillside in the afternoon was hot work, but revealed lots of Wall Browns still on the wing in the dunes, young Willow Warblers around Pinfold Path, and a steady passage of hirundines banging on south.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...