Groppers still reeling their brains out on Altcar Rifle Range tonight during the second of two walks we’ve led there this year.
One Grasshopper Warbler was happy sitting up top on a ridge so everyone could watch it – very convenient.
Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Skylarks and Whitethroats still in full song there too, with Greater ‘Pecker and Sprawk.
Wildflowers are the order of the day on the managed ranges there of course – orchids, grasses, knapweeds etc stretching on forever.
Lots of other cool unfeathered stuff this week too – Large Nettle Weevil (find me a weirder, cooler looking critter if you can) and Pygmy Shrew (brown bread, but still interesting).
Meanwhile the dunes at Ainsdale had all the regular summer quality – common stuff here, but none the worse for that… Dark Green Frits, Asparagus Beetles and Emperor Dragonflies (with Black Tailed Skimmers and Broad Bodied Chasers).
Natterjack toadlets at favoured slacks, Gannets, terns and Great Crests offshore (with a few Common Scoter out horizon-wards), prehistoric footprints and even that there Peter Kay filming out on the sands…..busy busy busy.