Flora Again

Saturday, June 11th 2016

Whilst Foxglove bird ringers were busy with CES last weekend, Jack was out and about on Salisbury Plain.  He sent us this report.

Warblers down here very thin on the ground and predation high. Very interesting find though with Grey Partridge sitting on 21 eggs I think, never seen any about and last one I found was as a boy.

Grey Partridge nest

Once very common, the numbers have seriously declined over the years and these birds are now on the Red List.

Close up of nest

The bird ringers have continued to check nest boxes and ring chicks during the week and good progress has been made.  They are now ready to do the Buzzards.

Despite the weather the flora continues to bloom.  The Dog Daisies are out along Dog Daisy Avenue.  There should be some on the middle moor but they have not yet been spotted.

Dog Daisy

From being rather unspectacular in the flower stage, the Cotton Grass is now in full seed.

Cotton Grass

Walking through the Scrapes the Yellow Flag Iris leaves were pointed out, growing straight and tall.  No flowers, until a splash of yellow was noted, yes a Yellow Flag Iris flower, in full bloom!  Very easily missed!

Yellow Flag Iris

Marsh Marigold has been in flower for several weeks and some have now set seed, but others are just flowering.

Marsh Marigold

Greater Spearwort is also nodding its yellow buttercup shaped head in the breeze.

Greater Spearwort.


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