Wednesday, 20 May 2020

20th May


A very quiet week for birds, it feels as though migration is over before it has really got started and some species numbers, such as Swallows and both martins, still seem particularly low (although I did have a dozen House Martins feeding and gathering mud from the muck heap down School Lane). The only records of note were both Tracey and Chris having calling Cuckoos this week. Tracey heard hers in the bottom fields at Ainderby and Chris in Thrintoft. The latter bird was still calling today. This shouldn’t really be news but it is a very long time since we had them regularly in the parish.
As I don’t have a picture of these birds then Cuckoo Flower will have to substitute…


Incidentally this is the main food plant of the Orange Tip butterfly and if you look very closely on the flower stems you can sometimes find their tiny bright orange eggs.
My very slow progress on botany continues. As a whole the parish, with its intensive agriculture, has a really poor flora but even here you can find tiny pockets  so over the last few days I have added a handful of (common!) species to the parish list including:
Winter Bittercress…


Bird’s Foot Trefoil...


Common Fumitory…


And Dove’s Foot Cranesbill…




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