Thursday 31 May 2012
A Few More Wild Flowers
Another subject that I have noticed on other blogs is the high number of Odonata that are being seen at some sites recently and yet on The Swale NNR so far, there have been none, which is really unusual. Also on the reserve, the breeding season is gradually beginning to come to an end and so far, apart from one brood of Greylag Geese goslings, I haven't seen any other wildfowl young so far, last year's poor results seem to be repeating themselves.
So it's simply a matter of alternative subjects and for the second post going I have captured some more wild flowers from the area, starting above with another shot of the Thrift on the saltings. (As always, the photos are improved by double clicking on the mouse)
Below, is Bittersweet, climbing up the railings of a gateway.
A close-up shot of Bird's Foot Trefoil
And then, while taking the above, I stumbled on this first egg in a Redshank's nest.
Two shots of a grand sounding but poor looking, Pineapple Mayweed.
This slim and delicate flower is Water Plantain. It grows in just one ditch on the reserve.
This is another slim and delicate flower, with normally just one or two flowers per stem, the Grass Vetchling. It is often overlooked, growing amongst the long grass.
Another shot of Bird's Foot Trefoil.
Common Field Speedwell.
This one most people should know - Ox-eye Daisy