Blue blue skies and warm sunshine - I couldn't resist a walk through the dunes north of the Sands Lake earlier this evening.
And it wasn't bad - loads of Grass of Parnassus still flowering, a Brown Hawker and single Common Blue butterfly and a few Meadow Pipits and Swallow parties going over.
A male and young Stonechat were chacking away on any suitable perching post, shame I couldn't get a decent shot.
They never seem to sit still long enough.
Dunnocks, Linnets and Greenfinches in the scrub, as were two Whitethroats.
A single male Wheatear overlooked proceedings from the top of a stunted Sycamore.
Old school logic would say it was a Greenland because it perched up. Hmm...
Out on the beach a Greenshank was calling along with the Curlew, Oystercatchers and gulls, and there were at least 50 Tufted Ducks dozing on Sands Lake.
The calm before the storm - but more of that later.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...