If you think the female Whitethroat looks a tad on the tatty side, you should have seen the state of John G and I after a very humid afternoon in full respirator/chemical suit/visor/20 litre spray pack get-up while working on a cleared site in the Birkdale dunes today.
Way too hot for that type of mullarkey, but there you go - there were plenty of Meadow Browns, two Oak Eggars, Gatekeepers etc, and even a few Common Darters about as we set to work.
John put up a net nearby in the hope of catching something unexpected, but all we got was the Whitethroat above and one of a large feeding flock of Goldfinch, which were ringed, weighed and released.
Little Grebe still with young, Percy Sledges and Chiffchaffs still singing and one of the local Buzzards put in a close up and personal fly-by clutching what appeared to be an unfortunate rodent.
The Emerald Damselflies of yesterday were slightly more obliging - this blue-eyed male is almost in focus....
And what better way to cool off than reflect on the pallid beauty of the white-type Early Marsh Orchid I bumped into on Tuesday.
With conditions getting a bit breezier over the next few days a seawatch would have been on the cards, if wasn't for the lack of a decent tide.
Although from what I understand from a colleague humid conditions early on today meant the rig wasn't even visible off Ainsdale on the falling tide at 0700.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...