Sunday, 19 April 2009

Two Tree Island

Arrived just before 8 am and was greeted immediately with the 'reeling' song of a Grasshopper Warbler, it took another 20 minutes to pinpoint exactly where it was singing from!

From the western hide overlooking the lagoon, the breeding Avocets were very evident with some pairs already sitting, the sitting bird nearest the hide shuffled her position and I counted four eggs.

Still a hundred plus Black-tailed Godwit, all grouped together and I guess waiting for the tide to recede!

Also seen on the lagoon were; 5 Greenshank, single Turnstone and Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and a single Whimbrel just over the seawall in the creek.

On the eastern side of the island, a Nightingale was sing his heart out, but remained hidden from view in scrub near the feeding area.

Green Alkanet is in flower. This perennial is a member of the Boraginaceae Family. Native to south-west France, and the Iberian Peninsula, but is now naturalised throughout the British Isles. It prefers shaded, damp areas. Brought here for the red dye which can be extracted from the roots, it escaped from cultivation. The leaves are rough and covered with hairs. The lower leaves in the basal rosette have no stalks, but the upper ones on the stems have stalks. The stems can reach up to 75 cm. The bright blue, forget-me-not-like flowers appear from April to July and arise from the upper leaf axils in clusters with two small leaves behind them. They are edible and are sometimes used to decorate salads.