Apart from the hissing of the cool westerly breeze through the ripening crops, the mosses were purrty darn quiet yesterday afternoon.
Not a sniff of Quail song - but there's time yet.
Few Buzzards and Skylarks, Pheasants crash landing into wheat etc, and a Marsh Harrier which Ken Horton had watched out on the Withins just before my arrival.
Turned out towards Plex Moss, but it was all very "mid-June" there as well - the Yellowhammers and Whitethroats were singing on Haskayne Cutting, otherwise the only activity seemed to be Lapwings chasing off gulls and corvids.
Really is time for bug hunting and orchid wrangling now - unless conditions improve for a spot of seawatching soon.
Thanks to Phil Smith who sent me these two shots from a Freshfield moth trap - Lime Hawkmoth and Small Elephant Hawk - the latter is another of those fairly regular species yet to show up at Dempsey Towers.
"More recent products of my friend's Freshfield garden moth trap (attached)," Phil explains.
"In the last two years, he has recorded over 150 species of "macros", including several Red Data Book species. Further illustration of the incredible biodiversity of the Sefton Coast!"
And Mike Bird got a bit too close for comfort to this Brown Tail caterpillar up at Marshside recently - widespread along the coast, but don't let it near yer billies!
Mike e-mailed me as follows: "Hi John, Came across this beauty at Marshside by bench opposite Junction pool.
The nearest identification I could get was the Brown-tail moth. I had a sore area develop on my finger after poking it about to get it in box to photograph it. The Brown- tail moth larva has this characteristic of causing nasty rashes and is on the extermination list in some areas.
"I will stand corrected if I am wrong on the identification as the many sites I visited on the Web they all look different."
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...