Really should have made the trip over to Martin Mere today for a fine bag of waders - 3 Temminck's Stint, 2 Wood Sands and all the other mere goodies, but the soaring temperatures confined me to base and the garden.
Close cold beer will usually beat a distant hot stint these days.
Not to say that Dempsey Towers hasn't had anything of interest - the garden's first Broad Bodied Chaser, this immature male (above), zoomed in yesterday.
Always find tenerals a bit confusing, so I took the coward's way out and handed the id over to Phil Smith, who kindly did the honours.
Small Copper, Holly Blue and Peacocks on the wing and a spot of mothing last night yielded Swallow Prominent, Treble Lines, Gold Spot, Brimstone, Shuttle Shaped Dart and a striking red and black Common Marbled Carpet, which threw me for awhile.
Marshside was hot and Avocetty last time I looked, with Dunlin, Reed Warblers, Percy Sledge and Wheatear still.
Mebbe the thundery conditions forecast for later in the week will bring us a quality wader or two to compete with the mere.
Quick visit to Plex this afternoon to enjoy the breeze over the flat fields saw several Common Buzzards doing the same (cull them to protect Pheasants? What planet is DEFRA on???!?).
The scaffolding is down on the Haskayne Cutting as pylon work moves on, so I took advantage and had a wander.
Singing Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Percy Sledge, Yellowhammer and lots of marsh orchids coming up.
Plus plenty of hot, hot sun.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...