Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The (sometime) Patch

Had a wander around the treatment works patch today to take out the frustration of a Bluethroat at Spurn which would have cost me several weeks of grovelling if i had gone to see it. Im not blowing my load that easy this spring! As it was not a lot birdwise down there - a single Reed Warbler parped up once and a few Whitethroats shouted. The flash was empty save for a Pied Wagtail. Not sure its gonna hold its water for the entire summer - looking pretty sparse already. Of more interest was a photgenic Large White in my front garden, 2 Green-veined Whites mating which I managed a dodgy photo of and loads of Three-spined Sticklebacks including a few males in summer dress (cue blurry photo of female/non-ripe male). Also a flower. I dont know which flower but this was beside the stream. Any ID help would be appreciated.


Bryan Rains said...

You'll like this......Silenus, the drunken, merry god of the woodlands in Greek mythology, gave his name to Silene dioica (Red Campion). That's better than a straight answer!

James said...

Thank you very much - I should know Red Campion - it was one of a number of plants I surveyed on Great Cumbrae last June but im no botanist.

Bryan Rains said...

I do me birds and all the rest is down to Silenus - drink beer, remember things! History, flowers etc it's marvellous.

How birds and brains become mutually exclusive

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