Things, as Tropical (aka Paul Thomason) rightly points out are a bit quiet at present, so it was kind of him to send me this batch of pics taken during one of his recent rambles in the dunes, yes I know they're plants, but what birds have you been watching today?
Over to Tropical:
I know it's a bird blog but as things are quiet on the birdy front, thought I would send you some none bird pics taken today from my local patch Birkdale N.R.
The first plant above is I think Sweet William, although as I have also found a white form these are probably garden escapees.
The fern is Harts Tongue, I found a colony of over 100 mature plants about 5 years ago, but this is now down to less than 20.
No I didn't dig them all up, it's probably down to bramble and bracken encroachment.
The orchid is Broad Leaved Helleborine, I found over 20 spikes in two different areas that I regularly visit.
I have probably overlooked them because they are green with insignificant flowers and tend to grow under brambles and nettles along side footpaths.
Butterflies and dragonflies numbers are very low this year, but I did manage a shot of this second brood Small Copper, only the second one I've seen this year.
The L.R.P. was at Sandgrounders on Sunday, also Ibis, Common Sand and Sand Martin.
Woody and squab are sitting in a young sycamore tree in the garden about 30 feet from this email.
See ya soon,
Thanks for the pics Paul.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....