Marsh Fritillary at Market Weston Fen, 11 June 2023

Before I get down to the serious business of my Canada trip report I made a quick (and hot!) visit to Market Weston Fen this morning. While I was away Marsh Fritillary was found here and I was hoping they hadn't gone over. A quick message from Jane Ferguson had confirmed where I thought they would be. After a good while I eventually found one slightly less than perfect individual that posed nicely on buttercups and orchids. Although very likely not to be of natural occurence (!) it was great to see this species so close to home. Common Blue, Small Heath and Peacock were also seen and the orchids were looking good - the 'ochroleuca' and 'incarnata' Early Marsh Orchids, Common Spotted Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid and a Marsh Helleborine still in bud.

Birds were also pretty good with my first site Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo and an obliging Garden Warbler the best.

                                                                                                                             Marsh Fritillary
                                                                                                            ochroleuca Early Marsh Orchid
                                                                                                                 incarnata Early Marsh Orchid
                                                                                                                            Southern Marsh Orchid
                                                                                                                                Marsh Harrier

                                                                                                                                   Garden Warbler

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