Working in the dunes this morning I came across this magnificent predator in the frontals - luckily it wasn't too sunny, so this fine Northern Dune Tiger Beetle was sluggish enough to allow me to take a pic.
Formidable things - look at the gob on that missus!
Fairly marked passage of Swallows heading north early this morning - several hundred went past Ainsdale over the sands, with smaller numbers of Sand and House Martins, and offshore Gannets, Common and Sandwich Terns, while a surprisingly large flock of Common Scoter (about 200 birds!) were out on the horizon on the falling tide - didn't expect so many at this time of year.
The heaven-sent rain is giving hope to the Natterjacks with a few new strings of spawn in one or two slacks.
Today the curmudgeon below was the first adult I've seen this year - with a very prominent back stripe the size of a double yellow line, what a stonker!
Wheatears still moving along the coast, with many more out on Plex this evening during another fruitless Dotterel hunt.
Yesterday three flocks of Whimbrel totalling more than 50 birds out there, but fewer this evening.
Wheatears down at Formby too, where two Whinchats went through, and the hawthorns trembled with singing Willow Warblers and Whitethroats.
One of the Whinchats sat still long enough for me to attempt a very dodgy bit of digi-binning.
After work and pre-Plex pain, a fine flock of 66 Ringed Plovers were at the north end of Ainsdale beach, with beautiful summer plumage Grey Plovers further out on the shore.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...