|Small Pearl Bordered Fritillery (Click over to enlarge)|
Photo:Not todays photo but from my own archive.
Tuesday 30th May 2017 - Whinn Yeates and Newbiggin Crags - Farleton Side 1600hrs to 1730hrs
Went over behind Whinn Yeates and checked out the "Old Lime Kiln" and managed to find a really good show of Ceterach (Rusty Back Fern), Maidenhair Spleenwort, Brittle Bladder Fern and Wall Rue. Not bad at all for just a small place as this but I also used to get both Black Spleenwort and also Harts Tongue as well!
Here is a nice photo of "Ceterach" and you can see why they also call it Rusty Back Fern.
|Rusty Back Fern (Asplenium Ceterach) - Click over to enlarge|
This also shows the rear of the plant and why it is called "Rusty Back"
|The Turtle Stone (Click over to enlarge)|
Well it was to be yet another soaking, on my way back the heavens opened.
A (new to me) Whitethroat was singing away for a while near to "Line Of Trees" in upper Dalton, I had not had this before this year so that was a cracking record for me, also the other Whitethroat to the top end of Dalton was singing away close to its nesting area, plus a bonus with another bird calling from just over the wall on the Common.
A Cuckoo was calling from down near "Sheepfold" just of the Kirby road down below. I have never had one calling from here before, so I don't know if we have a new Cuckoo or our Dalton established bird is moving across (about a mile as the cuckoo flies!) also recorded Linnets and Bullfinch. A new site for Tree Pipit on the Common. Noticed that a quite a lot of Warblers and Pipits and going quieter now.
Managed to find 13 Fly Orchid plants which were all in the deep shade which seems unusual and some of them were new to me, yet I just could not find any at all on the outside, although last year I had recorded 17 plants. But the ones I did find looked good! I did find the odd plant which looked as though the flowerhead had been nibbled off by a rabbit.
|Fly Orchids (Click over to enlarge)|
Went out checking a couple of pavements (No.1 (with Horatio) and No.2 (with Tortoise Head) and here on pavement 1 I noticed a cracking boulder which for now I have called "Horatio" and here is a photo:
|This is Horatio on No.1 Pavement (Click over to enlarge)|
|"Hemp Agrimony" (Click over to enlarge)|
|"Orpine" (Sedium telephium)|
|My garden today is called Pickles Wood (Click over to enlarge)|
Limestone Bedstraw is really getting hold now. I have checked numerous populations this week on Hutton Roof and they are all of this rare species, when I say rare that's just what they are outside of Hutton Roof but locally common.
|Limestone Bedstraw today.|
|This is Tortoise Head on Pavement 2|