Bit overcast and breezy at first this morning, but that didn't stop a spanking male Wheatear moving north through the southern slacks at Ainsdale, where plenty of Mipits were displaying, and one or two Goldcrests lingered.
As the cloud burnt away, the gulls started yodelling round a Shore Rd, and I headed out onto Birkdale dunes, where Comma and Peacock butterfly were on the wing, and Siskins heading north called invisible up above in the blue skies.
Cranesbill, Eyebright, Coltsfoot, confusing Hawksbills etc all flowering now, with good numbers of Buff-Tailed Bees out as the heat of the sun warmed the day up.
Still quite a few Goldcrests out there, and at least two Buzzards up.
As I returned to the site after lunch, a storming Swallow ripped through over the southern end of the Sands Lake, zooming west towards the beach at 1.50pm.
Nice long streamers (a male?), bringing with it all those automatic summer associations - yup, the first of the year is still a rush.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...