A big thank you to Martin for inviting me over to see this subtly beautiful spring-time species - my first Mottled Grey.
So quiet still bird-wise but the day rescued, once again, by flowers and moths. A Willow Warbler and a Canada Goose were pretty much the only species noted on Orcombe, and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were off Mudbank before everything was scared off by kite-surfers.
Spring Beauty - The Maer. I've been hoping to find this species - an extraordinary plant with fused leaves, which cup the flower stalks.
Early Forget-me-not - The Maer.
Dove's-foot Cranes's-bill - The Maer.
Shining Crane's-bill - the only Crane's-bill with glossy leaves.
Powdered Quaker - Martin had trapped a number of classic spring moths. I couldn't resist grabbing a few photos. Powdered Quaker is one of my favourites.
March Moth - a pristine one.
Small Quaker - don't normally see them as well marked as this.
Slender Speedwell - kidney-shaped leaves and pale lilac-coloured flowers on long stalks. Found creeping across the lawn at Martin's, in Saint Hill.
The Green-winged Orchids are starting to flower on Orcombe.