As we were so much earlier, the lack of wild flowers in the meadows was not surprising. See June 2014 sightings for some of the meadow flowers.
|Common Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria)
From Wikipedia: This is a small plant growing from an underground caudex (basal stem structure) and sending one fleshy, dark green leaf above the surface of the ground. The leaf is 6 to 10 centimeters tall and is divided into a sterile and a fertile part. The sterile part of the leaf has 4 to 9 pairs of fan-shaped leaflets. The fertile part of the leaf is very different in shape, with rounded, grapelike clusters of sporangia by which it reproduces.
|Mountain Pansy (Viola lutea)
|Teggs Nose Summit - Cathy and Pat
|Teggs Nose Summit - Amy and John
|Teggs Nose and Bottoms Reservoirs
Other flowers seen included Red Campion, Greater Spearwort, Pignut (probably), a Forget-me-not, with well-laden bilberry bushes, and not to forget the widespread and showy dandelions, and occasional daisy.
Pied wagtail, Carrion Crow and Kestrel were easily identified, while at least one Skylark was heard but seen only by John.
The rain was more persistent as we returned to the cafe for a little refreshment.
Despite the relatively poor weather, it was still an enjoyable trip and worthy of a more leisurely daytime visit.