Just couldn't resist an hour around Haskayne Cutting before I went into work today, conditions were so, well, summery.
The Yellowhammers were going beserk, with at least three males singing in the area, each competing to see who's gob would open the widest, as their summery song drifted across the hot morning.
Superb little birds.
Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat singing in the Cutting itself, with Tree Sparrow, Great Tit etc.
I confess I gave up counting Painted Ladies when I got past 57 in the first 30 minutes.
Marsh Orchids blooming away in the damper areas, with some plants having gone over already, but enough were still looking sharp enough for a spot of plant photography.
Really gorgeous morning - even the Collared Doves looked good in the clean light, and the Common Buzzards were a-circling and a-hovering in several places around Plex.
At least three Corn Bunts singing away too.
All very peaceful, and it left me suitably chilled before I headed into work to find that every single car in the Western hemisphere was trying to get onto Ainsdale Beach, making for a manic day.
Just how many barbecues and lost children do you need on a Sunday?
Painted Ladies still coming over the beach, and interestingly, the sea fishermen who launch their boats from Ainsdale beach reported a pod of 20 Bottle Nosed Dolpins, leaping and cruising about out past the Lennox rig in the hot weather.
Big shoal of Mackerel out there, which is probably what lured them in...great cetacean record, a pity they weren't visible from land, but if it stays hot and the Mackerel come inshore, you never know your luck.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...