White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes
Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens
Common Mayfly - Ephemera danica
Comma - Polygonia c-album
Great Willowherb - Epilobium hirsutum
Marsh Woundwort - Stachys palustris
On Monday it was back to Winchester again to move Martha out of her flat. So on the way I just had to pop in to the services on the M27 to check on the Broad-leaved Helleborines. They were a long way from being at their best but a couple of plants had a few open flowers. Then onto a reserve in Winchester to look for Green-flowered Helleborine an orchid I'd not seen before. I'd looked for them here last year without success but have since learned there was only a single plant last year. Having learned of the exact spot to see them before this visit finding them was somewhat easier. We bumped into the reserve warden and together we found seven plants. They were a bit underwhelming to say the least, very small with all the flowers firmly in bud. Sometimes they never open at all, self pollinating whilst still in bud. On two of the plants the buds appeared to be browning and dying off so obviously not going to open any further. We have to go back to Winchester in several weeks so I'll go back and see what happens.
Broad-leaved Helleborine - Epipactis helleborine
Green-flowered Helleborine - Epipactis phyllanthes
This sighting on the notice board made Martha and me chuckle.
If you can't decipher it it says:
"I heard rustles in the bushes and saw horns"
On arriving home we were greeted by the lovely sight of this years Herring Gull fledglings ready to take their first flights,which they did just after I'd taken a couple of photos of them. One we haven't seen since but the other spent one night away but is now back. Nice to see them doing well after last years single fledgling couldn't fly and was taken by a fox.