Lu and I walked the dog on the pebbled heaths this afternoon and discovered a number of Early Marsh Orchids in bloom. It's wonderful to see them again. This particular magenta-pink subspecies is called pulchella and is the form found in acidic bogs. Kev and I saw the salmon-pink incarnata and the redder coccinea forms in damp, sand dune habitat, south Wales, last summer.
Not much bird news today but 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were with a single Pale-bellied Brent Goose off Mudbank. Also off there - 5 Sandwich Terns, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Whimbrel and 17 Curlew.
The drake Tufted Duck was still on Bystock Pool and the Spotted Flycatcher was still there, hopefully on territory.
Heath Spotted Orchid.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - Mudbank.
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