Saturday, 31 May 2014
Orchids at Marsh Lane NR and Garden Update
We paid a visit to Marsh Lane NR this afternoon mainly to see the display of Southern Marsh and Common Spotted Orchids. The weather was very dull and gloomy and looked on the verge of rain so the light wasn't good and some of the photos are a trifle dark and gloomy! I've included a few more photos of the reserve from today's visit.
This is the pool by the car park on the main part of the reserve.
Yellow irises (flags) are coming into flower around many of the pools.
Walking down to Oak Hide from the car park.
Ox-eye daisies are coming into flower.
One of the pools (I call this the Reed Pool) viewable from behind a screen. The crop field is in the back ground - crops are left over winter to provide seeds for finches, buntings etc.
Car Park Pool from one of the screens
The meadow behind Oak Hide was full of buttercups, Southern Marsh and Common Spotted Orchids together with a few patches of Ragged Robin :)
Buttercups and Orchids
Buttercups and Ragged Robin
Orchids and Buttercups
Southern Marsh Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
The path towards Railway Copse and Hide
Slug rescued from the path!!
Cuckoo Flower/Ladies Smock - Orange Tip butterflies lay their eggs on this species.
There were several broken eggshells along the path - I suspect a magpie had been robbing nests.
Red campion flowering everywhere.
We had a walk round Railway Copse - a few damselflies about - too far away to get pictures but I did manage a poor shot of Tree Bumble Bee on a bramble flower. This species has built a nest in our roof (under a broken ridge tile) at home so now I know why its the most common bumble bee species in our garden at present!
Nettle Tap Moth, I think.
We spent time in Oak Hide on our way back to the car. There were lots of young birds round the reserve - a newly hatched Lapwing chick, coot families and Greylag Goose goslings of various ages.
Three of the chicks left the nest last Monday and the smallest one of the clutch joined them the next day. We just wish them well in the wide world!
Emperor Moth caterpillars are growing well and have all shed their first skins and entered their 2nd instar. This photo was taken about a week ago - they are a lot bigger now!
You can possibly make out a shed skin in this photo.
I haven't been putting the moth trap much in recent weeks partly due to overnight rain and partly because I really am catching very few moths. In fact, so few have been caught I can't even be bothered to type up my usual moth session lists.
So just a few photos of some caught recently.
Foxglove Pug - one of the few Pug species that is distinctive!
Waved Umber - new for year. I actually found this one on the bathroom wall.
Small Rivulet - New for Year and a new species for the garden.
Small Dusty Wave (found on kitchen window) - new for year
Straw Dot (found on garage window) - new for year
A couple of photos of Angle Shades - such a lovely moth and again the first for this year.
Finally, a Hawthorn Shield Bug found on nettles in the garden
I am still trying to spot 365 species visiting the garden this year - but to be honest my lists need totally updating as I just have notes scribbled on bits of paper and I have a folder of insects to identify but hopefully one day soon I'll get the records into some sort of order and will do an update.