Friday 28th June

Badgers must really like honey and be immune to bee stings, we found the remains of a dug out nest with one lonely bee trying to make sense of the devastation, see photo.
This easterly wind has brought a massive influx of Painted Lady’s and at the moment, except for a few Meadow Brown, they are the only butterflies.
We occasionally have a visit from a Field vole at the feeders and managed to snap it the other day.
A Grasshopper Warbler, on top of the tip, has started singing again,maybe hoping for a second brood.

Bob and Bri

Orchids

The first field is full of Marsh and Spotted Orchids this year, and posibly some Hybrids, see photos.
There are a group of White Iris growing in the lower tip, not sure exactly what type, see photos.
Dyer’s Greenweed is everywhere especially down the paths.

A couple of Blackbirds are feeding their young at the moment and visit the feeders for suet pellets, but this morning the male was already full of worms and still tried to fit in another pellet.

Bob and Bri

Bee Orchids

It’s that time of year again and the Bee Orchids are blooming, there are three just off the path, on the right hand side going up the tip and also in the usual place, right hand side of gate four in the airfield.
A couple of Grasshopper Warblers are singing again, managed a shot og the one on the top of the tip.
We caught sight of a Heron hiding in the long reeds, near the fishing pond, see photos.
The moth traps have been very poor this season but we did catch a Poplar Hawkmoth this morning.

Bob and Bri

Eider Ducks

The Eider appear to be having a poor year, on the way to check the Natterjack ponds, we spotted a group of 8 female and 1 male Eider duck on the channel but only one lonely duckling.
At the pond there were a group of 10 Smooth? newts, see photo of one.
Finally managed a shot of a Four Spot chaser this year and also a Common Blue butterfly.

Bob and Bri

Saturday 1st June

It’s that time of year again when the hairy caterpillars appear on the paths, there are plenty but not enough to attract the cuckoo this year; see photos of both the caterpillars and the moths.

Bob and Bri