Thursday, 5 June 2014

Floral Flourish

Yesterday the planned trip to Hempholme had to be cancelled because of the heavy rain.  We went round the southern half of Tophill Low instead.  There were a lot of bee orchids - we located 22 plants - not all of who had started to flow yet.  There were plenty of other flowers on display, and the afternoon group and the morning stayers were lucky enough to observe a Garganey!  Overall we saw just over 40 species, despite the pretty miserable weather confitions.
 Reed Bunting
 Reed warbler (c) 2014 Aileen Urquhart
 Canada Geese (c) 2014 Tony Robinson
 Canada Geese
 Pochard Ducklings - c.2% of UK breeding population
 Bee Orchid
 Bee Orchid (c) 2014 Aileen Urquhart
 Common Spotted Orchid
 Marsh Orchid
 Hybrid? Orchid Species
 Copulating Little Grebes
 Garganey (c) 2014 Tony Robinson

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