Green-winged Teal / Orchids & other Orchids

Sunday 23rd June 2013
Green-winged Teal, WWT Slimbridge
I have recently returned from a week in Scotland, on Skye and Islay, so will post a report with some photos soon. I popped down to WWT Slimbridge this morning for a couple of hours ahead of  a family do for my youngest daughter Tansy's 21st (which is actually tomorrow). I was please to see the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL had reappeared on the Rushy, in the company of a drake Eurasian Teal. Lots of action too from the three pairs of nesting Avocets. At least one pair was seen removing eggshells earlier. There was frequent interaction with the Shelduck parties, continually squabbling.
Burnt Orchid, Clattinger Farm
On Friday evening I was out Cirencester way so stopped off for a walk at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Clattinger Farm. Burnt Orchids are in full flower and can be seen in a roped-off area. Lots of other orchids in flower here including Green-winged (almost gone over), Southern Marsh, and Common Spotted. Also a few which could possibly be hybrid Early AMarsh x Common Spotted - I would welcome any comments from someone with a more expert eye.
Southern Marsh Orchid, Clattinger Farm
Green-winged Orchid, Clattinger Farm
Common Spotted Orchid, Clattinger Farm
Possible Early Marsh x Common Spotted Orchid ?


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