Lizard Orchid

Lizard orchid which I photographed in France a few years ago…. It would be nice to come across one of these in Gloucestershire. I have seen them on Newmarket race course many years ago.

Relaxing

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The view from my recliner….. yesterday…… Today the same Oak tree would be there but not the blue sky and it would not be relaxing.

Hunting the Birds nest Orchid

Today I went hunting…. not a bear hunt, not even a bird hunt, just a Birds nest orchid hunt…. I know they like Beech woodland and I know they are difficult to spot as they are brown (lacking any chlorophyll) and so I set off in an area near Staunton where there are some extensive woods and they are predominantly Beech.

Lots of Ramsons about and some Bluebells. Fairly soon I spotted some woodruff which is a nice little wild flower, not spectacular but different.

Then I spotted some Herb Paris, this is an odd plant it has just 4 leaves and it has a weird spiky flower but the first ones I saw were a bit ratty and did not have any flowers.

This was an extensive area of woodland with lots of good paths and I roamed around searching for the Birds nest orchids, I came across quite a lot of Twayblades which are orchids but with small green flowers, not that stunning. Also some other plants which I think were orchids but not in flower…could be Butterfly Orchids, I will return in a few weeks to check them out.

Then I found some Herb Paris which were in flower, again green but I quite like them.

The peace and quite was gradually eroding away as I was getting close to a massive quarry.

In this area I came across more Herb Paris but also some Early Purple Orchids, these are quite common but also quite impressive.

Whilst photographing these I spotted a little Fly Orchid, now this is special and quite rare so I was very happy.

If you look carefully you can even see a small greenfly at the top of the flower spike. No Birds nest Orchids but a good day…

Nags Head…. birds bathing

Taken from the Campbell hide yesterday, one small patch of water in the little pond seemed to attract all the birds for a drink, a wash or even more!

This Song Thrush was the first to visit. Drinking .

Then a wash.

Followed by a Blackbird, also a Goldcrest but he was too quick for me.

 

 

 

 

The Goldfinch was more obliging.

There were numerous Tits visiting, this Blue tit decided the bath was perhaps also a good place for a bit of rumpy pumpy.

I not sure his lady was that impressed…. it was almost all over before it started so her dejected look was perhaps understandable.

Several deer passed by, not looking that impressive at the moment…. moulting .

A blackcap briefly visited, unfortunately no Pied Flycatchers.

This Wood pigeon just stopped by for a drink, I was hoping it might also take a bath as they create quite a lot of splashing and would produce a good photo.

Finally a Long tailed tit.

There were also Coal and Great tits, a tree creeper but that stayed on the trees and there were   Jays and Crows in the area, all in all a very enjoyable day.