After the non-seawatching event this morning I decided to check out the slacks north of the Sands Pub at Ainsdale.
The afternoon was good and hot and I thought a few dragonflies might be on the wing.
It wasn't bad - at least three Emperors on the Sands Lake, where there was also a male Broad Bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly etc, with the usual bathing gulls, Little Grebe and Cormorants.
In the dunes proper, plenty of Marsh Helleborine is bursting into flower, as the marsh orchids of various subspecies start to go over, with some stonking Pyramidal Orchids about and a good scattering of Bee Orchids.
The Bees all seem a bit small this year - most of the plants I came across were no more than six inches high.
Still a good looking orchid though.
Three more Emperors on the next pool north from the Sands Lake - including the tatty female at the top of this entry, and further into the slacks a few Four Spotted Chasers about.
Mighty hot, and birdwise dead - just Mipits, Linnets, Skylark, Red Legged Partridge, Whitethroat etc.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...