WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE
Another very hot day with afternoon temperatures reaching as high as 25 degrees C. Just a light easterly breeze and clear skies until mid afternoon.
CHESHAM WATERSIDE (BUCKS) (SP 976 000)
A superb single spike BEE ORCHID was discovered today on an area of open ground adjacent to a nettle bed whilst a BARN SWALLOW nest containing five hungry youngsters was found in a barn nearby - one of only four nesting pairs I have noted in the Recording Area this year (LGRE and Chris Pontin)
HODD'S WOOD MEADOW, LOWER BOIS (SP 963 004)
The meadow housed at least 6 spikes of PYRAMMIDAL ORCHIDS whilst the orchard opposite held a pair of BULLFINCHES - a scarce bird in the area.
Breeding was confirmed at the site of COMMON BUZZARD, SONG THRUSH (single juvenile noted), Common Blackbird and Great Tit whilst an excellent selection of butterflies included MARBLED WHITE, DARK GREEN FRITILLARY, several Ringlets, numerous Meadow Browns and a COMMA.
CHESHAM FISHING LAKES
After getting their first nest washed out recently, the pair of GREAT CRESTED GREBES on the larger lake have now abandoned their second nest - presumably because it was in full view and very vulnerable to predation. A single male was still fishing on the smaller lake.
Tufted Ducks numbered 14 and a pair of Coot was feeding three tiny young.