I knew it was a bad idea trying to update the blog after a swift trip to the Legless Arms, but there you go, stupid is as stupid does.
Took a walk round the Sands Lake at Ainsdale late morning and gave the bushes there a good going over.
A few Willow Warblers, presumably juvs, calling from the willows, and one adult bird making a half-hearted attempt at song.
At least 6 Tufted Duck chicks, all sticking close to mom.
Plenty of Common Darters on the wing now of course, with 27 individuals basking on the boardwalk as I walked around the lake - there were many more in the scrub.
Meadow Pipits "bleeping" overhead once or twice - probably local traffic, but they'll start moving in earnest again soon.
A nice Brown Hawker swept past on Lucozade wings, and there were good numbers of Gatekeepers and Common Blues flickering over the slacks.
Cinnabar caterpillars all over the Ragwort and few Burnet Moths zipping about too.
On the lake, the majesty of the Coot could only be admired with enraptured and secretly held breath - when you look like a Coot, why bother preening?
A few Sarnie Terns on the beach, with Sanderling, Dunlin and over 20 Ringed Plover scurrying about when eegits weren't spookin' em (where's my 12-bore?)
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...