Spent an hour or two watching dragonflies down in the dunes at Ainsdale yesterday in perfect conditions - bright, hot sun and still.
Almost too perfect actually as the little weasels were whizzing about everywhere.
Common Blue and Blue Tailed Damsels,at least nine Four Spotted Chasers and two Emperors all on one pool.
The daddy of the all, the Emperors spent much of their time chasing off the Chasers, or patrolling their domain. Superb insects.
Eventually they began to rest up on reed stems and I got reasonable digiscoped shots of both species.
Not much in the way of birds - Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Sedgies still made half hearted attempts at song, and a distant Cuckoo.
The slacks are orchid-tastic at the moment, with Pyramidal, Bee and Marsh Helleborine joining the Marsh Orchids already out.
Offshore over the tide were good numbers of Gannet and Sandwich Tern, but it was too nice for a proper seawatch.
The Little Grebes at Sands Lake were still yikkering away, but otherwise only Tufted Duck, scabby young gulls and the resident Coots and Moorhens were on the water. Enjoying the sun on the far side was a big Red Eared Terrapin.
Tried a spot of moth trapping in the evening, but didn't get much - two Lesser Swallow Prominents and an Orange Ladybird were the most interesting catches.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...