This dazzling Orange-tip landed beside me as I was working around Sands Lake this morning.
Stunningly bright as it basked in a sheltered corner, occasionally raising and lowering its Dulux paint wings slowly slowly slowly.
Also Peacock there, and despite me knocking seven bells out of the boardwalk, or as the professionals might say, fixing it, the Blackcaps and Willow Warblers just kept on singing.
Typical - if I'd had a scope and attempted a picture of 'em, they would have dived into cover in an instant, but it's a different ballgame when they can see you bashing away with a hammer...
Their songs were an amazing soundtrack to work to though.
Fine male Sand Lizard on Queen's Jubilee Nature Trail at Southport, in the afternoon, with a few Swallows through there, and Dave Pennington had Whitethroat singing there earlier in the day.
On the subject of beasties, thanks to Will Moody, who does such groovy work with the Sefton Landscape Partnership Scheme, for sending me this cracking shot of a Northern Dune Tiger Beetle.
This was the critter Will and I watched on March 28th (my earliest ever date for the mini-predator in the Ainsdale frontal dunes).
Will clearly had the patience to get a great shot!
Although the wind has been cold this week, I bet there's been a few out on sheltered dune slopes - just not had time to look.
Several Sandwich Terns fishing off Ainsdale beach around lunchtime and a flock of scoter offshore too, long way out though.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...