The Green-winged Orchids are about at their best at the moment. Not a huge amount of variation in colour but both pink and white forms photographed this afternoon.
Friday, 30 April 2021
Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Y Wag and Swifts
Off Mudbank - 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 9 Great Crested Grebes. Also saw my first 2 Swifts in Exmouth (had one over Broadclyst yesterday evening, watching Joel play football) from the back garden.
Thrift - Orcombe Point
Bird Cherry - I think...
This male Reed Bunting, at West Lodge, was in suitable breeding habitat. Having said that there was no sign of a female, and despite passing the reedbed several times in recent weeks I've not heard singing. Reckon it's just passing through...
I've no clue what this stunning little flower is. I found it on the Maer. Leaves look Restharrow'ish but the flower doesn't seem right for that. Presumably a member of the Pea family but I can't place it.
Sunday, 25 April 2021
Linnets are normally a devil to get close to on Orcombe, but three birds kept landing close to me this morning, making them impossible to ignore...
I took mum for a drive up on Dartmoor today. We couldn't have asked for better weather.
These little round flowers look more like berries, but this is the flower of the Bilberry!
Holly Blue - lots of these around the garden today.
Saturday, 24 April 2021
Skuas and Waders
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Combined an evening trip to mum's with a quick look at the five White Storks at Matford. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting nearby, on Exminster Marshes.
These ringed birds are from the Knepp reintroduction project, but nevertheless provided a very impressive sight, particularly when airborne.
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Off Mudbank yesterday - 23 Whimbrel, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose.
Lots of Germander Speedwell appearing now...
Speckled Wood. Numbers of butterflies have increased notably over the last few days, with Orange-tip, Holly Blue, Small White, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell all on the wing.
Saturday, 17 April 2021
Small White and Greater Stitchwort.
The Green-winged Orchids are emerging in numbers now.
Lousewort is starting to flower on the local heaths.