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Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Draycote Water - 8th June 2014

Great Crested Grebe with chick

The weather forecast declared that this morning would be warm and sunny from early hours, so the alarm was set for 0400hrs with the intention of cycling to Draycote Water for c0500hrs. Of course, when I opened the door, it was RAINING! Typical! I suppose that opening the door or window is the best form of weather forecasting! I delayed my journey by an hour, until some brightness was seen in the sky, but still got wet! When I arrived at Draycote Water, the morning was improving but in two laps, very little of interest was found! The best was a pair of Great Crested Grebes with a chick.

Great Crested Grebe

Grey Heron


Pied Wagtail

Common Spotted Orchid

The result of someone eating too many pies?


aselfe said...

Thanks for the identification of the Orchid

Bernard Dodd said...

Thanks for these Kevin. Excellent

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you Bernard. Orchids are not my forte, aselfe, and stand to be corrected if I am wrong!

aselfe said...

Bernard has written to say he's happy with the ID on the Orchid:
Common Spotted Orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii. It is possibly the most common orchid in the world,grows almost everywhere in Eurasia.
The one on our shore at Cleethorpes is the Western Marsh Orchid, D.majalis, a protected orchid because although it's range is spread across Western Europe it tends to only appear in small isolated areas.
He sent a photo of 'his' one this week.
Great blog, Kevin! Here's ours: Some birds too!