Sunday, 29 May 2016

A Coterie of Marsh Orchids

It's not very often the green stuff gets a mention on this blog but I'm happy to make the occasional exception, especially when it comes to Orchids.

I had an excellent walk along the seawall at East Tilbury on Saturday morning with great views of at least 3 Common Cuckoo and numerous Stonechats, I say numerous because it was difficult to put an accurate number on how many I saw in total, but if I was to hazard a guess there were probably 3 pairs all with recently fledged young, so there could have been as many as 15 - it felt like every few metres another bird would pop up onto the seawall, but despite this it was the Orchids which ultimately caught my eye.

I'm by no means an expert on Orchids but I believe these are Southern Marsh-Orchids and are fairly common variety found across the southern half of the UK, but having read up on these it turns out that hybridisation is quite common amongst the "Spotted" Orchid family and they could have a few genes from the Common Spotted Orchid or even Early Marsh Orchid - It looks like botanist have as much fun identifying Orchids as we do with our Redpolls!

Orchids, Wildflowers, UK

Orchids, Wildflowers, UK

Orchids, Wildflowers, UK

Orchids, Wildflowers, UK

Orchids, Wildflowers, UK



2 comments:

  1. You're not even waiting for June are you?

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    1. Nope, will be back in July for the 1st returning Common Sandpipers

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