Regular bloggers will be relieved to learn I resisted the temptation to go entirely buck naked while out birding in the hot, hot sunny conditions today, although clothes were hardly necessary.
Spent an hour or two at two Hobby sites, but there was no sign of birds at either - not surprising given the conditions, you need to be up very early, or out very late to see these babies on territory at this time of year.
"What big eyes you've got Grandma"
"All the better to hunt at dawn and dusk"
Or at least I think that's how the fairy tale went.
A quick call to Andy Bunting at the In Focus shop at Martin Mere on "Wild Merseyside" business, gave me the opportunity to scope the distant and dozing form of the Spoonbill there, but far nicer was a Brimstone outside the Ronnie Barker hide.
It made a change from the Painted Ladies.
Few Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers about, with young Avocets dotted here and there.
As the refreshing, but still warm, westerly breeze picked up in the early evening, I popped down to Marshside, where some of the marsh orchids are at their "ice lolly" best, Whitethroats were gabbling away, and a female Marsh Harrier was hunting over Crossens Outer.
Giant Hogweed starting to flower impressively in the SSSI ditch now too.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...