A blackcap was busily singing away in a small wood and a riband wave and at least 3 treble bars were also disturbed from vegetation but there was no sign of any orchids or slow worms.
The railway line behind The Range is also becoming very overgrown and all the felt squares present last year where slow worms and common lizards were sheltering had all gone. Again common blues and burnet companions were flitting about and a party of long tailed tits moved through the bushes. No orchids were found until just before I was about to leave when I luckily caught sight of 2 bee orchids, my first here at this site and almost missed - they were taller than those I see at nearby Blagdons Meadow and very nice to find.
I walked along the roadside towards the cycle bridge looking for orchids but with no luck - it has been cool and dry recently which may have delayed development. The tide was coming in as I walked over the bridge and I saw a pair of shelduck on the mudflats amongst the gulls. Swallows were flitting about the derelict boat by the footpath with a long tailed male constantly chasing a short tailed female around and house martins chittered overhead.
Blagdons Meadow was looking very lush but was very dry underfoot and I managed to find a few early purple orchids which had mostly gone over. No bee orchids but southern marsh orchids were putting on quite a show, I have never seen so many here before and they were present in a much wider area of the Meadow than previously.
Early Purple Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchids
Common blues and burnet companions were flitting about with the burnet companions in flight doing a good impression of small heaths at times but unfortunately I didn't find any small heaths on this visit. A silver y was a first for the year and a large white flying past was a first for the day.
Two skylarks were feeding in the long grass and I found a male azure damselfly resting on vegetation but by now I was hot and tired from being out in the bright sunshine and so I headed home for a cup of tea and a cool down.
Male Azure Damselfly