Wednesday, 11 July 2012

BTO Cuckoo 115597 Name Update

My faithful pal BTO cuckoo 115597 has received a name! Check it out here. He's now called Lloyd, after John Lloyd, a long standing BTO regional representative. All the cuckoos are now named. Good luck to all on migration.

Monday, 9 July 2012

BTO Cuckoo 115597 Update

The latest position of BTO cuckoo 115597 is here, in the south of France, not far from the Alps and the border with Italy and Switzerland. There hasn't been an update for over a week, so I expect another soon. 115597 is no longer the most southerly cuckoo, there is one in Bosnia and another on the border between France and Spain. I wonder if they will loiter in this area for some time whilst building up the energy to cross the Mediterranean. and onwards into Africa? We shall soon see, I don't doubt.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Plant: Pyramidal orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis

Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) observed on chalk grassland at Olivers Castle, Roundway Down, eastern end of Marlborough Downs overlooking Bromham. I have found this great blog, Wild Orchids in Britain, which is definitely worth a look if you are interested in orchids.