Monday, 27 July 2009

New 'chid on the block

Another of Tom's tip-offs yesterday concerned his having discovered a broad-leaved helleborine - a type of orchid - in the Aldcliffe area.
Now, I'm interested in orchids but I know little about them and to be honest I'd never heard of this plant so I made a point of going to look for it this evening and took a couple of pics - see attached.

Bird-wise, it was pretty much business as usual.

A single whimbrel was on the marsh by The Creek.

Wildfowlers' Pools: at least 4 green sandpiper and 3 snipe present.

Freeman's Pools: the tufted duck was still present. Up to 3 little grebe were on the pools. A common sandpiper and 3 redshank were on the island - the latter interesting as redshank have routinely ignored these new pools.

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