A smashing whistle-stop tour of a number of sites around the South Lakes this afternoon, shamelessly orchid chasing.
Early cloud gave way to brighter sunny periods, but a strong wind made things difficult.
After a bit of searching I managed to locate a single flowering Fly Orchid (only just, the top bloom was still doing the business, but the rest of the plant was going over) at Latterbarrow.
Delighted to see it though – the plant may have been on the way out for the year, but I’ve not seen one before, so to me it was as crisp as a freshly sharpened Cumberland pencil.
2B or not 2B. Ha ha ha.
Hordes of Common Spotted there, with one or two Heathy looking ones, a few Great Butterfly Orchids and two Common (?) Fragrant Orchids.
Northern Brown Argus tazzed around like lunatics, the strong breeze making it even harder to watch them, but I only had one Small Pearl Bordered Frit, and that was raggedy.
I drove the short distance to Foulshaw, where the distant Osprey nest had an occupant, just visible with the ‘scope on full zoom, while four or five Large Heath butterflies clung to the vegetation for dear life and a White Faced Darter hurtled past on the breeze.
Green Tiger Beetles scurried about, and Redpoll, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps were singing before I pulled out and headed up to Scout Scar in the early evening.
It was glorious up there, but even windier, making the flowering Lesser Butterfly Orchids on the tops seem positively defiant – they looked way too delicate to withstand the wind…but withstand it they did.
The petrified remains of the spring’s Early Purple Orchids clung on, while I think this Fragrant Orchid below is a Heath FO – can more experienced orchid hunters enlighten me??
Superb plants, with Redstart, Tree Pipit and Raven up there too, so I didn’t ignore feathery things completely today.
A spiffing afternoon.