Recording Area Annual Totals

97 Species in 2013, 99 in 2012, 94 in 2011, 108 species were recorded in 2010;

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

A cracking BEE ORCHID !


Continuing the very hot theme of late, temperatures today reached a steamy 31 degrees C. Breaking away from the World Cup games and Glastonbury Festival, I did a little bit of birding in Chesham, highlighting in the sight of a magnificent BEE ORCHID by the Fishing Lakes.......


An adult Black-headed Gull in full breeding plumage in Lowndes Park was an odd occurrence, whilst 10 Common Swifts were at the Vale end of town and GREY WAGTAILS were present at Waterside and at McMinn's. The European Barn Swallows there are again sitting.

At the Fishing Lakes, I enjoyed crippling views of the magnificent BEE ORCHID specimen discovered by Chris Pontin and photographed by him above. What a beautiful rare plant this is.

On the smaller of the two lakes, still only two GREAT CRESTED GREBES present (mother and baby) and no further sign of the father and the other juvenile. Coots had three small young and a male Common Chiffchaff was singing.

On the larger lake, the Mute Swan was still in residence, the non-nesting pair of GREAT CRESTED GREBES, Atlantic Canada Geese with three 'new' goslings (with 9 larger young from an earlier brood and 12 adults present), 10 Tufted Ducks and Coots with 3 and 1 young respectively. Common Chiffchaffs were feeding a fledged first brood and a male WESTERN REED WARBLER was singing from the reedbed close to the causeway.

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