A quick visit to the patch this afternoon (26 April) produced the following 'highlights': 3+ Barn Swallow, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2H Common Whitethroat and 1 Pied Wagtail on Staines Moor, and a Common Cuckoo on Stanwell Moor. Had 1 Speckled Wood along the old railway, and found a patch of 6 Cowslip Primula veris on Staines Moor by the iris channels in the NW corner, which is the first time I've ever found this common and widespread flower anywhere on the patch. The Colne flows through chalk so perhaps the seeds were carried here by water from further upstream? Or maybe they are a garden escape?
|One of six Cowslip Primula veri, Staines Moor, 26 April 2014 - the only time I've ever seen this calcareous species on Staines Moor|