Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Autumn Ladies Tresses










Karen being very careful where she put her size 5's !











A drive through Lincolnshire to the Cambridge border for these Autumn Ladies Tresses. After chatting to the chap who looks after them, we thought we were a couple of weeks early as he told us the grass had only greened up a couple of days ago and he hadn't seen any spikes as yet. So we thought we had a wasted journey but Karen's beady eyes soon spotted a spike, and then another until we realised the grass held multitudes of them ! We couldn't have met a nicer chap who opened his gates for us to park off the main road, and the helleborines were simply stunning. A fabulous day and a new orchid on our UK list. We will continue next year !

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Local birds today



A couple of pairs of little owls that we see most days 



Kingfisher - free and wild and not diving into a tank of minnows at great expense

Carline Thistle




Sunday, August 12, 2018

Spotted Crake, Gibraltar Point

















Snipe and water rail 



A trip down into south lincs for a new helliborine, Autumn Ladies Tresses so we decided to head to Gibraltar Point to see the Spotted Crake which gave us excellent views right infront of Mere Hide just as the heavens opened and we had torrential rain. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Blue-winged Teal, Alkborough Flats














Another excellent find by Neil Drinkall at Alkborough Flats this morning