Went for a quick seawatch over the tide from Ainsdale today before my late shift started - glorious conditions, with plenty of Gatekeepers in the dunes, and pleasingly a few Small Tortoiseshell about too - so some have escaped the clutches of the evil Sturmia Bella fly at least.
Hirundines moving high overhead, and a few small groups of Ringed Plover going south too and calling high up in the hot sun later in the afternoon.
The seawatch was uneventful - about 20 Gannet, and small numbers of Sarnie Tern offshore.
Up to 70 Common Scoter already back and bobbing about on the swell south of the rig though.
With terns in mind, I'm sure Steve White won't mind me printing a recent e-mail he sent me about the number of Common Terns in Liverpool Bay - it makes for interesting reading.
I'd e-mailed Steve after I watched a roost of 300 Commons on Formby Beach (with Arctic and Sarnies) last week and wondered if they were Seaforth birds on a day trip.
"We've never really nailed this issue of just how many Common Terns assemble in this bit of Liverpool Bay post-breeding and where they wander", explains Steve.
"But a handful of simultaneous counts made here and by Steve Cross at Formby Point suggest the peak counts are in the order of 2500. Numbers in daytime roosts here and elsewhere vary enormously day to day in response to weather and tidal conditions.
"I'm pretty certain that there is a huge interchange between Seaforth and other parts of the Sefton Coast - but can't prove it as it's impossible to get ring numbers anywhere other than Seaforth.
"This week has seen roosts of around 6-800 at Seaforth, down from around 1200 the previous week (probably due to neap tides). So I expect your birds were those that have been at Seaforth and probably will be again next week.
"Having said that, birds from Scotland and the east coast should be moving through now - although I haven't confirmed this with any ring numbers as yet.
"With birds arriving and leaving simultaneously it's impossible to know just how many are involved but I would estimate that somewhere between 3000 and 5000 are in this bit of the bay at some time during autumn, perhaps as much as 10% of the British population."
More Mipits bleeping through south today, autumn is coming.
Thanks before I forget to Mike Bird for sending me his shot of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth he had a dusk in his garden a day or so ago - a cool moth-er.
Notoriously hard to get a good shot of though.
Tune in tomorrow for holiday shots from Rich Steel and Chris Bridge, with highlights from the Farnes and Abernethy respectively, if I get time.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...