Hopefully more records to come.
Middleton Nature Reserve - late morning
Mute Swan - the nesting pair on the main pond are now displaying their 5 chicks. There are still 18 other mute on the pond too. The pair on the "no swimming" pond have lost one of their chicks, just 3 remaining. There was a pair nesting on the Fence pond, but they have not been seen since the growing reeds obscured the nest site. Their status remains unknown.
Stock dove 2
Swift 1 north
Painted Lady 1 - first record of the year.
Orchids - an amateur's assessment (MD)
There are now at least three species in bloom -
Bee Orchid - see Kevin's picture on 31st May post
There are at least two species of Marsh Orchid on the reserve, plus almost certainly hybrids.
The natural colour variation within the species overlap the other species, even without hybridisation. The only way, if you are not an expert, is a good reference book, a magnifying glass and more patience than I posess. Still there must be worse ways to spend a couple of hours.
Lighthouse area - early evening
Rock Pipit 1
And, at least two, possibly three more new fluffy balls