Monday, 23 June 2014

How CUD it be a WEED!

Common Cudweed (Filago vulgaris) at Dockacres
Saturday 21st June 2014

Just fancied a another check out at Dockacres and was lucky to find more undiscovered "Bee Orchids" with one particular plant with seven flowers - very nice indeed!

But without doubt the star attraction had to be this very rare Common Cudweed (Filago vulgaris) which I found on one of the overgrown tracks.  A solitary specimen with eight flowerheads.  Though Common by name it is certainly NOT! by number in so far as North Lancashire is concerned.  A clear rarity...

A pair of the beautiful "clean looking" Small White Butterflies also kept me well entertained along with Large Skippers and Meadow Browns.  Serenaded by a pair of resident Chiffchaffs.

Perhaps a "Tease" Spider or a Green Prickly Octupi wanting to play table tennis!

Small White Butterfly on Ladys Mantle
A really interesting record to note: I have been reliably informed that three Cuckoos were seen flying together within Dalton Crags on Friday last the 20th June 2014.

The Burton Swift Group: On Friday last discovered a further last year's nest site being used by the local Swifts.  Anyone who wishes to join in with the Swift group please meet at the Burton Memorial Hall at 2130hours this coming Friday evening 27th June 2014. You are most welcome.