This morning there were nine species of warbler singing and the orchids are now coming out. Bee Orchids are doing quite well and so are the Spotted Orchids. Northern and Southern Marsh-orchids are still in flower and the Pyramidal Orchids should be out in a little while. There were several Large Skippers about as well as the first Meadow Browns and Ringlet. A Painted Lady was also seen near the pumping station. PS.
Unfortunately most of the orchids were still not much more than buds, but there were plenty of other plants to see and some butterflies and damselflies were about. A Hobby gave spectacular views as it swooped over the Slurry Lagoon and Swifts were seen mating on the wing. A pair of Shoveler were also seen and a drake Wigeon was a surprise find. PS.
The Deep Pit bank, facing the railwayline had good numbers of Common Blues showing today and amongst them were one or two Brown Argus. All four orchid species are visible but the cold weather last month has delayed their flowering a little. A small blue flower with iris shaped leaves that could be Blue Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bermudiana, was also found. PS.