Whilst exploring the Reserve the other day several of us came across this moth in Upper Sowerholme which has now been identified as a male ‘Drinker’ Euthris potatoria. I know nothing about moths so I am not sure whether this is rare or not but it isn’t in our Collins Book of Moths and Butterflies so it can’t be all that common!
And, more prosaically, are a few more flowers
Hedge Bindweed on the Pads footpath 12 July
Meadow Vetchling in the Oak Circle of the Orchard 11th July
Lords and ladies in the Orchard. About to turn red but the almost always fall over when red so this will have to do for the moment.
Lots of new flowers observed today in the Reserve
Euphorbia on Pads footpath
Rosebay Willowherb on the Pads footpath
Black medick near the Lucy Brook path junction
Fool’s water cress in Upper Sowerholme
Perforate St John’s wort in Upper Sowerholme
Common ragwort in Upper Sowerholme
Water plantain in Upper Sowerholme (this not observed before, photo not too good because the plant is in deepish water!)
Bulrush in Upper Sowerholme
Self heal in Upper Sowerholme
Smooth hawkbit in the Hay Meadow
Yarrow in the Hay Meadow
Meadowsweet in the Hay Meadow
Birds foot trefoil under the Aldcliffe Road wall
Nipplewort under the Aldcliffe Road wall
A mallard duck has at least five small ducklings on School Pond.
Also, meadow vetchling by the Fauna Stones
Here are some more flowers observed today
Honeysuckle (Hay meadow / Upper Sowerholme boundary)
Water Cress in same location
And woody nightshade
Moving from the boundary into the field which teems with yellow rattle
And to a different location – the hedge between the Paddock and the allotments for foxgloves
People may have noticed the patch of flowers coming up in the Orchard between the main path and the Stump circle. We planted these from bee friendly seed left over from the sowing last year in the Flora field. I think that so far they include:
Then there is common comfrey coming up again in the Pads hedge
Very late dog walk along the path between the Orchard and Cromwell road, I came upon a barn owl sitting on one of the fence posts. Not sure if it was confused by my bright head torch but it allowed me to get within 2 feet. Only flying off when I said “hello owl”. As it flew up another barn owl flew into my torch beam and both owls made off towards the allotments.
On the way back, two tawny owls were calling to each other in the trees by the farm house. Unfortunately I did not get chance to see them, but was entertained by their noisy calls for a good 5 minutes before I was reminded by my dog that we were supposed to be on a dog walk, and I headed home a happy man.
Little egret flying along the west hedge of West Field this afternoon.
We also spotted a couple of teal on the School Pond. This was good as for the last week or more we have not seen the teal. Do they come and go?
At least eight teal on School Pond yesterday morning (27th), then in the afternoon as well as teal scuttling among the rush was a bigger bird, bigger than a mallard I thin, on the water preening itself. Could this be the sheller Jon mentioned? Too dark and murky to make a good identification.
Jay in Sunnyside Lane
8 Fieldfair were seen today in one of the willows bordering Sowerholme and the Aldcliffe Rd gardens
A fresh range of flowers to report: Plenty of rosebay willowherb about and also the rather less common great willowherb. There are examples of purple loosestrife in both the Orchard and Big Meadow. Also in Big Meadow are specimens of slender speedwell. In Upper Sowerholme and the Orchard there are honeysuckle and wild angelica. Down the Pads footpath are lords and ladies coming to the end of their season.
In the wildflower photo gallery a flower is labelled as Deadly Nightshade. A colleague thinks this is a mistake and it should be Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet. I will correct this when I have time!
We have seen a song thrush on several occasions near the north entrance to the Orchard, yesterday it was bashing a snail on a stone to get at the meaty bit.
The illustrated buttferfly is very common at the moment. I am not good on butterflies, a colleague thinks it may be meadow brown.