Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Barton and MSQ,24.06.2012.

Bee Orchid.

Common Broomrape.

Pyramidal Orchid.

Male Common-blue Butterfly.

Fox and Cubs.
After the early morning rain had cleared away,i decided to firstly visit Barton and then move onto Messingham Sand Quarries,this is what i saw.I had decided to visit Barton specifically to try and get some photos of the Bee and Pyramidal Orchids that grow there,the Bee Orchids were in really good numbers with at least 250 spikes,but i could only locate 3 spikes of Pyramidal unfortunately.A bonus here was also quite a few plants of Common Broomrape of which i also maaged some decent efforts with the camera.After enjoying this profusion of wildflowers i drove the short journey to Messingham to see what Dragons and insects could be found.Apart from the expected dragonflies here,a few other niceities were seen which included my first 2 Meadow Browns of the year,Small Copper,male Brimstone and the odd Speckled Wood.A few birds were seen which included a Common Buzzard mewing overhead as it passed over the plantation.Not a bad few hours in the mixed weather today,apart from the blustery wind it was an enjoyable day.