Dark Green Fritts and Large Skipps and other bits! (22nd June 2017)

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Dark Green Fritillary taken today in Dalton (Click over to enlarge)Thursday 22nd June 2017 - Dalton Crags - 1500hrs to 1630hrsMy intentions today were purely to go and check out the new possible Scollie "Crispum" fern in Dalton Crags.  A quick check on the "Marginatum" on the way up through the Crags and eventually arriving at the place were we have the new young Crispum! but on arrival it was one of those days when you get a nice shock, let me explain.  Whilst setting up to take photographs (as windy as it was), I quickly became aware that a brand new baby Crispum had appeared as if from nowhere, and what a little beauty this looks like it might turn out to be.  Just look at the wavy edge it already producing - I just can't wait to see this in maturity.  For now we do have this photo - like I say it was very windy for t...

Dinghy Skippers, Meadow Browns and lots and lots of Orchids (19th June 2017)

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Looking over to Warton Crag and the Bay (click over to enlarge)Monday 19th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1100hrsA new Chiffchaff to book.  Manage to get a good bite from a "Cleg" fly, he did not come again!  I saw a beautiful "light lemon coloured hawker dragonfly", lovely colouring but too flitty to get a photo - seemed to be enjoying the tops of the bracken. A regular Garden Warbler was singing away having moved his territory some 100 yards further East. Found another Common Spotted Orchid (not that Common on Hutton Roof less than 50). Again another day with Small Heaths everywhere.  Had my first Meadow Brown's today (x2) also had one of the larger bronze fritillaries (1st of the year) but its still a little early for Dark Green but spot on for High Brown so I am left wondering......had a Dinghy Skipper and also marked...

Checking No.66,55, Variagated and "Little and Large"

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Saturday 17th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1130hrsToday I thought it was probably apt for me to try and map out a productive area which includes such rarities as Specimen 66 and 55 (both Lemon Petalled specimens) and closeby is the "albiflora".I first of all checked out No.66 which is a superb light green showing plant which you can how it is showing with today's photos here.Shows the full Spec 66 (Lemon Petalled) plant approx 12" as today (Click over to enlarge)Spec 66 (Lemon Petalled) showing very green stem and lower leaves (Click over to enlarge)Spec 66 (Lemon Petalled) showing a very light and full flowerhead (Click over to enlarge)Spec 66 (Lemon Petalled) photo taken last year 2016 and shows just how colourful the plant is(Click over to enlarge)And here below is how Specimen 55 is showing today.  This plant is usu...

Zig Zag and all that! and Specimen 3a.

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"Zig Zag Clover" from a couple of years ago - just starting to come through today (Click over to enlarge)Friday 16th June 2017 - Hutton Roof  0900hrs to 1100hrsDecided to check out a area of Hutton Roof on the other side to where I have been working recently. I wanted to check out some old Schmalhausenii or for that matter some of the fabulous "Atrorubens" etc. But initially it proved very disappointing with most of the Schmals having now disappeared and just not come through. I have realised it has been a downward trend in this part of HR for some time now especially in connection to the hybrids. However all was worth it to find a very special new plant and here is why I think so.Probable relation to long gone Specimen 3 (Click over to enlarge)So what makes this so interesting to me! well first of all geographically it is only within ...

Helleborine probable Purpurea’s variants and other stuff

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Epipactis Schmalhausenii No.1 as featured today 15th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)Thursday 15th June 2017 - Checking out Orchids amongst other things on Hutton Roof  1300hrs to 1600hrsChecking out some Helleborines today - Purpurea specimens - First to check was Purpurea No.17 which is also known to me as "Big Leaf" because it comes through every year and if not predated it is expected to show as a beautiful "Purpurea" specimen.  Here is a photo showing its progress today. You can see from this photo why its called "Big Leaf""Big Leaf" Helleborine - Purpurea No.17This was a interesting fungi on a old log pile which I saw whilst on my way up to some orchids.A couple of Montanum's now showing the flowerhead (Click over to enlarge)Although the majority of Montanum's are not where near ready for flowering, these two which are at a...

First Self Heal and HR Orchid updates etc

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My first of the year "Self Heal" (Click over to enlarge)Wednesday 14th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 1400hrs to 1730hrsOn way up to Mossy Stones it was great to hear birds again and plenty of them singing away. The Garden Warbler (already recorded) was quietly bubbling away, but further along the footpath it was great to hear a new to me for the area a Whitethroat really going for it!  so this was booked down in the records, also further along the root were regular Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.Also managed to record at least one Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary.Checking out Mossy Stones although I should know it like the back of my hand by now, but it really is surprising everytime you visit you have every chance of turning up with something new.Today I managed to find yet another spot with at least 28 Carex Ornithopoda (Birds Foot Sedge), a...

Finding beautiful ferns whilst checking Scollies and more (12th June 2017)

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I wondered if these might be Lady Ferns which I found in Dalton Crags today (Click over to enlarge)Monday 12th June 2017 - Dalton Crags 0930hrs to 1100hrs The weather was well overcast all morning and constantly threatening rain which it actually did on my leaving at 1115hrs. These winds are with us everyday there does not seem to be any let up.No birds calling at all today, really quiet throughout.  One butterfly but missed it, just saw it out of the corner of my eye.  So I guess it just had to be yet another day with the beautiful ferns.I am keeping my eye on the young "Crispum" which looks like it might just develop into something really interesting.Asplenium scolopendrium "Crispum" today 12th June 2017Its only about 4" at the moment but coming on great.Also checked out the new "Marginatum" fronds which always look good wi...

Checking out Scollies etc (9th June 2017)

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"A Pteriologist Dream"  (Click over to enlarge)Friday 9th June 2017 - Checking out Scollies and a lot more - 12noon to 1630hrsBefore that though I would just like to mention that Francis from Vicarage Lane has had a Common Redstart in her garden.  Also I think I have a resolution on the identification of the Caterpillar referred to in a early post - it does now appear that it will be the "December Moth" caterpillar.Although I am now led to believe that Small Heath Butterflies have not been doing that well in certain parts of North Lancashire, I can say that we are doing really well up on Hutton Roof and thankfully it is one of the places where the butterflies still do well. I have on the odd occasion been walking through hatches with more that 20 butterflies in the vicinity.  They are very widespread up here.Early reports of ...

Yellow Sedge and Epipactis (7th June 2017)

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Yellow Sedge found in Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) today June 7th 2017 (Click over to enlarge)Also the next photo shows better the low creeping sedge.Yellow Sedge - showing the low creeping sedge (Click over to enlarge)Today Wednesday 7th June 2017 - Hutton Roof - Checking out Orchids etc. 1300hrs to 1430hrsIt was great to have a day without the rain, but it was blowing very strong and not so good on the photos but did manage to get one or two bits.Found a new very large Common Twayblade in the middle of a copse.  I went in the small copse to look especially for the Helleborine var Chlorantha (well almost!) and sure enough it is really doing well (see photo below), also its nice to report that it looks as though there could well be several offspring coming through. E. Helleborine var Chlorantha 2017 (Click over to enlarge)this is the st...

Checking out Epipactis Atrorubens and their Hybrids (6th June 2017)

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Specimen No.19 and 20 plus 19a and 20a (Click over to enlarge)Photo taken today 6th June 2017The History of these plants: In 2014 they came up as a group of three and were heavily laden with flowers to the point they stayed bent over and could not go erect (see photo below).  In 2015 only two plants showed and it was also thought that these could well be Schmals (not confirmed), also this year the plants have come through erect and No.19 which is 20" high had 43 flowers and No.20 which is also 20" high had 42 flowers. In 2016 only one plant came through and survived.In 2017 it is showing four plants No's 19 and 20 and two additional plants which are now named as 19a and 20a and they look very good.  Below is a photos showing the plants in 2014 and 2015, I still need to find the 2016 photo from the archives.Shows Specimen 19 a...