Monday, 1 June 2015

#30DaysWild Day1

The Safari's day started quite well with the first Song Thrush (Garden #30) we've heard from Base Camp this year - yikes that's LATE!!!
From there we took Frank on his early morning walk and counted how many different species of wildflowers were growing in the roadside verge.
Here's what we found
Curled Dock
White Clover
Greater Plantain
Shepherd's Purse
Dove's Foot Cranesbill
Creeping Buttercup
Pineapple Weed
Smooth Sowthistle
Thyme Leaved Speedwell
Lesser Trefoil
Common Dock
Ribwort Plantain
Field Mouse-ear
something we couldn't identify??? which is probably a strange Dandelion agg but will it be able to flower before the mower's next visit. 
18 species - Not bad

We'll do the grasses another day when more of them are in flower.

Our Patch 2 visit wasn't up to much - windy and cold and not really promising. A couple of Gannets, one was one of last years. A Sandwich Tern and a few Common Terns and one that looked very much like an Arctic Tern but staying on it was difficult as it popped in and out of the troughs. We were on the point of giving up with no sign of any Fulmars when a dark phase Arctic Skua (169, P2 #54) sped through northwards in the middle to far distance.
Where to next? There'll be the second instalment of #30DaysWild but what it'll be we don't know yet.
In the meantime let us know who's gone wild in your outback

1 comment:

Ian Doyle said...

18 species, not bad at all. Good start to the challenge that.