It didn't take long before BMG was off on a bug hunt while the rest of us admired the beautiful orchids.
|Bug hunting while we admired the orchids|
|Looking a little bit 'crisp' after last weeks heat wave|
|The pyramidal orchids are at their best now|
We hopped over a stile and had a quick look at the steep, bare slope where the white helleborines grow. They were well over and had gone to seed, but we found some hairy rock-cress growing at the same place.
|The white helleborines had gone over|
|3 males chasing after one female marbled white|
We also saw lots of ringlets, meadow browns and skippers.
|Cinnabar moth caterpillars eating ragwort|
BMG is still not particularly excited by the extremely rare, tiny, green musk orchids, so she had a hunt around and found a couple of small owl pellets. They're much smaller than the ones we dissected from Brush Hill or the ones she found at Watlington Hill. We'll have to dissect them in the summer holidays and see if we can work out what sort of owl made them.
|What sort of owl made the two small owl pellets? The large one on the |
right came from Watlington Hill and is probably from a tawny owl
What a brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning at one of our favourite locations!