Few Small Tortoiseshell about nectaring today on the coast at Ainsdale - but this one didn't even have the decency to open its wings in the gusty, hot conditions.
More fresh looking Dark Green Frits out, with plenty of Meadow Browns, the odd Small Copper, Common Blue and Gatekeeper - but I haven't managed to find a Grayling yet.
Then again, I haven't had much opportunity for a good rummage.
One or two Redpoll and Siskin overhead in the last few days, and young Willow Warblers moving through in small numbers, although I fear the invasion of sherbet lemons that was the "Irish Sea Willow Warbler Movement" of yesteryear is much diminished now.
The higher water table appears to be benefitting the Dune Helleborines - I counted 78 in one area, and most of them are going over already.
On the downside, the colony of Broomrape in the dunes near Weld Road isn't much good so far - I could only see three of these sinister parasites compared to 50 in the same area at the same time last year.
Didn't get a chance to check the tide today, but I could hear Sandwich Terns calling from over the dunes, amid the blizzard of buckets and spades, cars, ice creams, kites, dogs, horses etc that descend onto the sand when it heats up.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...