Reassuring to see Ainsdale playing true to form this morning in the teeth of a raging hooley; with poor elevation a quick seawatch before work on the advancing tide was difficult to say the least - no shortage of wind and sand, buffeting and exfoliation.
It was only after the tide receded that two, possibly three, Leach's Petrels gave themselves up, tottering along the sands on the way south.
Frail and at the same time magnificent. they really were the business and both viewable from my office (yes, I'm locked in a tower most days now, albeit one with a view over Liverpool Bay).
One of this morning's Leach's was so tired, it took a minute or so to meander 200m south past the blue fishermen's container at the north end of Ainsdale beach, only to shear up and be blasted back 50 metres north of the container in a second or two - life can be tough when you're a petrel.
Had to head off to a meeting at lunchtime, but I bet a few more came down the coast this afternoon.
I'm sure there'll be more tomorrow if the wind holds.
Earlier before I clocked on, a scan of the swell revealed a few bits and bobs:
Arctic Skua 3
Sandwich Tern 40-50
Common Tern 5
Red Breasted Merganser 1
The lack of Manxies was surprising - I'd have expected to see a few even given the short amount of time I spent scoping.
Everything apart from the Merg and the Leach's was heading north.
Not bad I suppose - but seawatching at Ainsdale is always tough.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...