After our walk along the fields of Losdorp, we arrived near a house with many trees and other plants around it.
The owners of this private nature reserve were so kind to show us around.
They have a nest box for kestrels; which these birds use regularly.
They have a big nest box for tawny owls as well. So far, jackdaws use it.
This summer, a nest of young greenfinches fledged around here.
There are many orchids here; including Gymnadenia species. Unfortunately, at this time of the year, most of their flowers were finished. So were rattle flowers. Greater yellow-rattles and Rhinanthus alectorolophus both grow here.
As this photo shows, there were still field cow-wheat flowers.
And autumn crocus flowers.
Bumblebees visit the still flowering flowers.
Not lesser butterfly-orchid, or common broomrape or field scabious flowers: it is too late for them.
There are still harebell flowers.
And flowers of their relatives, rampion bellflowers.
A small white butterfly on a snapdragon flower.
We arrive at the pond. On its banks, beautiful bog-star flowers. Also on the pond banks, a relatively small species of the ancient horsetail family: common horsetails. In the water, a bigger relative of them: marsh horsetails.
Marsh helleborine and marsh lousewort: again, they grow here; but no flowers any more.
There is a small metal fence around the musk orchids; to prevent snails from eating them.
Euphrasia flowers still in bloom.
In the pond, edible frogs and common newts live.
There are various insect hotels.
Near the fence in a dry ditch, remains of a dead hare. Apparently, two buzzards which flew away, had been feeding on it.
Finally, a brimstone butterfly.
- Hares and buzzards (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Dragonflies and other insects (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- History and Meaning of Orchids (mastergarden.wordpress.com)
- How To Take Care Of Orchids Plants (onlinesendgiftstohyderabad.wordpress.com)
- A flower hints at the appearance of an extinct bee (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Lesser Butterfly Orchids all present and accounted for. (lochlevennnr.wordpress.com)
- Catching up… (solariahues.wordpress.com)
- Spectacular Orchids at the Orchid Spectacular (allankleiman.com)
- Salamander Emerging (47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com)
Thank you for the link and inclusion in your lovely post. Hello Dear Kitty.
My pleasure 🙂 All the best for you and your blog!
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