Sunday, 29 May 2011

Leicestershire Orchids: Frog Orchids

Frog Orchid
Here is a couple of photos of the six Frog Orchids I found last Friday at Merry's Meadows LRWT.
Frog Orchid

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

City challenge update: Hobby and a Collared Flycatcher OMFL!

On Sunday after finishing my early shift at the General I checked out Watermead CP South and noted at least one Hobby hunting over the pits. With this sighting my city year list is now on 104.
Whilst at this site my Birdnet pager mega'd to inform me of a Collared Flycatcher at Holme NWT, Norfolk.
I was reluctant to go due to Sunday evening traffic, but as Neil Hagley texted me about the bird, I saw the light and we decided to twitch the bird.
Cutting the long story short, myself and Neil were on-site by 7pm and ticking the bird off by 7.10pm. Get In Collared Flycatcher OMFL!!
Although I have probably missed the mobile White-tailed Eagle in Lincolnshire (That's another story and it's getting personal now!!), the sighting of this fantastic bird now puts me three short of 450 BOU!!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

City Challenge update: Spotted Redshank!! 3rd May 2011.

Here is the latest update on the city year list: Spotted Redshank OMFL!! 
With the morning off before work in the afternoon, I checked out the usual Soar Valley sites. Sightings included the Temminck's Stint and Wood Sandpiper at Wanlip Meadows LRWT and a mobile Black Tern at Watermead CP North.
It wasn't until I got to Birstall Meadows that I struck gold, when I found a Spotted Redshank feeding on the floods! GET IN! 103 for the city year list!
As usual I sent a few texts around and phoned John Hague about the bird.
This was only the second time I had seen Spotted Redshank down the Soar Valley, so really a bit of mega for the site!
With a few more easy ticks to come, I am now targeting to get at least 115 species for my year list!?!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Temminck's Stint at Wanlip Meadows LRWT

Here is a couple of digishots of the Temminck's Stint at Wanlip Meadows LRWT I saw yesterday.
I think this is the eighth bird to be recorded on the scrape at Wanlip in the last ten years, so you can say Wanlip Meadows has a bit of a track record for attracting these little waders!!
Record shot of the Temminck's at Wanlip!
Better record shot of the Temminck's Stint at Wanlip Meadows LRWT!

Bird Nest Orchid OMFL!!!!

Last Thursday after checking a few sites around the city with Mark Skevington for the City year list I some how ended up at Cloud Wood LRWT to see if any Early Purple Orchids were in flower?
Well to cut a long story short, I found at least 200+ Early Purple Orchids in the wood with most in flower.
Then checking out the Great Butterfly Orchids I found a few which were amazingly coming into bud! (at least three weeks early). Please with what I had seen I then suddenly noticed another orchid close to the path, which I knew straight away as Bird Nest Orchid!! To put this in context, Bird Nest Orchid hasn't been recorded in Vc 55 (Leicestershire and Rutland) for almost thirty years!! The last recorded sighting was in 1983 in the same wood.
Keeping calm I took a few record shots of the orchid, and then let a few people know of the sighting.
Getting back home I downloaded a few photos of the orchid and was more than happy after referencing the orchid on the net. So with Bird Nest Orchid finally ticked off my county orchid list, I can now say Bird Nest Orchid OMFL!!

If people would like to see this orchid, I am quite willing to show them the plant on a couple evenings this week if required.
Please contact me via the comments bit...
Bird Nest Orchid
Another shot of the Bird Nest Orchid