Hot, hot, hot down on the coast still with plenty of orchids flowering round Ainsdale dunes now....although some seem to be a bit late after the winter cold.
Bees sprouting up here and there, but the Dune Helleborines are still dragging their heels, as are Marsh Helleborines.
This week's latest temperature surge was good for Pyramidal Orchids, with a fair few up south of Lifeboat Road in Fomby, and muchas gracias to Duncan R, for taking me to see a clump of flowering Common Twayblades, just a stone's throw from the Coast Road at Ainsdale.
Dark Green Frits on the wing in the dunes now, especially around Albert Road, where Phil Smith bumped into a few corkers this week...thanks for the pic Phil.
"Not many gardens have these as visitors! ," says Phil.
"Seabank House, Albert Road, Formby, on Orange-ball-tree (Buddleja globosa) overhanging the garden fence".
He's quite right of course, and I was only pondering how lovely it would be to have a Frit in the garden at Dempsey Towers this afternoon, when wham, bam, thank you mam!, in one zipped, very active and out again, giving me barely enough time to get a picture.
Interestingly enough, I've got a great big orange ball buddleia too.
I think it's a DGF (???).....and a full mile from the dunes.
Summer lull means everyone else is out bugging too, so thanks to Dave McAleavy for the following shots of Eyed Hawk and Emperor Moth....
Dave also sent me these shots of Brown Tail after Mike Bird's encounter with the yellow-tailed "Itchy and Scratchy" of the caterpillar world.
"Attached is pic of a Brown Tailed taken at Spurn for comparison and another showing the devastation caused", says Dave.
"There is hardly a leaf on Sea Buckthorn at Spurn and the pic shows stripped Hawthorn."
Ta all, but can anyone tell me anything about the male Red Backed Shrike reported at Broad Lane yesterday morning???
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...