I have also read two of the other blogs I follow and find they are struggling to get motivated too. Its not good chaps! Come on, a few slow days and crap summer weather is what we are used to, I'm sure it will pass soon.
Locally around here over the last week or two I've managed a few noteworthy things.
Plants. I would like to do more here, but can only id the common species and even then just because I think I'm right doesn't mean I am. I checked along the road for our sporadic Birds Nest Orchids and managed to find one. These are drab even when fresh so forgive me here...
|Bird's Nest Orchid, a stunner.|
|Lurid Bolete. Yes really.|
On 24th June I was at the moth trap at midnight when an unusual bird called overhead once then again as it moved north, a trilling, wader type call that I had not heard before. The Nocmig lads pointed me towards Water Rail so i did a trawl on Xeno-canto where sure enoughthe nocturnal flight call is my bird! Fancy that Water Rail added to the garden list in June.. amazing.
I have already mentioned the two Cuckoos, one remained the next morning but was too flighty for me to get a photo.
After an absence of a few years there are 8 Broad leaved Helleborine plants about to flower in the Village Wood, so I'll post them when they look better.
A few more Crossbills have gone south with a 3 and a single.
To bring this right up to date, a seawatch on Wednesday 1st July had 45 Manx Shearwaters N and 117 Puffins. It was generally quiet other than the local breeding seabirds in the area.
If the Bempton Albatross decides to have a jaunt northwards, I would be very grateful..
|This isn't just drab, it the Uncertain.|
|In danger of this blog becoming gaudy, Mompha ochraceella.|
|A new hoverfly for me Cheilosia illustrata from today.|