Another weekend and another trip out of Exmouth - this time a morning spent in Somerset with Kev. Chief targets were Frog Orchid on the levels and then rare arable plants at Fivehead, near Taunton. As always, when I'm out with Kev, we saw a heap of other stuff, much of it new for me. Birds played second fiddle to flowers and inverts but 3 Hobbys, 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Great White Egrets were noted on the levels.
Marsh Fragrant Orchid - this morning's were quite far ahead of the Culverhole one and definitely past their best.
Female Common Blue Damselfly (blue form) - thanks for the id correction Dave.
Druce's Crane's-bill - a hybrid crane's-bill and casual garden escape.
Toadlet - lots of these on the move today.
Kev spotted this Flower Crab Spider with a captured hoverfly.
Great White Egret.
Spreading Hedge-parsley fruits. Some possible Narrow-fruited Cornsalad behind?
Note the warty-looking fruit that typifies Broad-leaved Spurge.
Roseate Marble - Celypha rosaceana.
Matt. There is a heronry at Fivehead, and on the levels near Fivehead is where I hear the cranes when I’m fishing up that way. NYReplyDelete
Hi Neil - the arable fields are a little way away from the levels but next time I'm up there I'll take a look. Didn't cross my mind to look for cranes but may make the effort to see them next time. All the best. MattReplyDelete
The damselfly is a female Common Blue, blue formReplyDelete
Many thanks Dave - wasn't aware of blue forms, or if I was I'd forgotten! All the best. MattReplyDelete