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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1050 on: March 08, 2018, 08:48:34 pm »
A few skylarks and a solitary blooming dandelion round York yesterday.

Today, 300,000 starlings (according to local estimates).

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1051 on: March 10, 2018, 07:48:27 pm »
Oh, I saw a couple of skylarks the other day. Very gratifying! Quite a lot of birdsong when out and about...
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1052 on: March 16, 2018, 04:11:04 pm »
Neighbour's pear tree has been in full blossom for about a week, mirabelles coming into blossom, apple blossoms still very much in bud.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1053 on: March 16, 2018, 04:34:22 pm »
My lawn is beginning to grow again.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1054 on: March 16, 2018, 06:24:40 pm »
My lawn is beginning to grow again.

So is mine.  The bastard.  >:(
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1055 on: March 16, 2018, 06:49:25 pm »
Daffodils and a small cherry tree in flower today though the weather this weekend might not do do the cherry blossoms much good  :)
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1056 on: March 17, 2018, 10:27:40 am »
Our cotoneaster has sprouted leaves. I hope the frost tonight doesn't burn them. A pair of blackbirds has started to frequent the garden. Nesting whereabouts unknown.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1057 on: March 17, 2018, 10:30:16 am »
A couple of days ago, when walking in the Surrey Hills, what sounded like a chiffchaff. The trouble is it only uttered two notes and I wasn't sure. Clearly missing the "repeat and nauseam" marks.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1058 on: March 17, 2018, 04:42:32 pm »
Blackbird singing at 4.30 am, the silly bugger.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1059 on: March 18, 2018, 12:31:17 am »
Frogspawn this morning in Priory Park. It wasn't there Wednesday. I doubt that the cold weather will do it any good.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1060 on: March 25, 2018, 01:48:41 pm »
Rather late this time but I've just heard what I think is the first ice cream van of the season.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1061 on: March 25, 2018, 03:05:38 pm »
Hedgehog turds

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1062 on: March 25, 2018, 03:24:31 pm »
First lawn mowing session of the year.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1063 on: March 25, 2018, 07:01:11 pm »
The classic cars are out of hibernation, too.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1064 on: March 25, 2018, 10:47:21 pm »
By bonsai cherry trees in blossom
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1065 on: March 25, 2018, 11:04:34 pm »
By bonsai cherry trees in blossom

Have you got a cold?

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1066 on: March 26, 2018, 10:05:23 am »
Bees on the violets by the workshop door.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1067 on: March 26, 2018, 10:59:40 am »
Big columns of motorbikes.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1068 on: March 27, 2018, 07:47:33 am »
First tick of the year on one of the dogs.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1069 on: March 31, 2018, 08:30:29 pm »
This is the first year that I can remember in which I haven't heard a chiffchaff before the end of March.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1070 on: April 04, 2018, 08:47:12 pm »
The springlike day happened yesterday. All the celandines that had been slowly accumulating as burst buds, but not yet worth opening up, woke up to the warmth & sun to produce carpets of yellow on the roadside verges. Likewise the primroses, whose flowers took over the leafy clumps in the roadside woodland as much as on the verges. I spotted 3 carpets of dog violets by Pathlow that were about a metre wide. Add in a couple of patches of roadside wood anemones and lots of blackthorn blossom much further open than the hawthorn leaves, but had been under wraps, plus a few dandelions. It was spring in a hurry; I struggle to remember a year of such spectacular spring roadside flowers.

Meanwhile, first chiffchaff was doubted - I still think it was a great tit improvising - but later 4 other songs were unmistakable. We heard 3 skylarks confidently proclaiming their territories.

This morning the suburban birds were singing enthustically. The flowers had shut up shop. They were wise - it rained.




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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1071 on: April 07, 2018, 02:00:40 pm »
Okay, I'm calling it: Antihistamines and steroids season has begun.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1072 on: April 07, 2018, 04:35:39 pm »
Blackbird singing at 4.30 am, the silly bugger.

I was woken up at a similar time this morning by a nightingale in full voice. Must have been very close to the house as it was bloody loud.

Apparently, the nearby woods is one of the top ten places in the UK to hear nightingales, so I should probably count myself lucky rather than being annoyed at having my sleep disturbed.

Also heard the first woodpecker of the year a few days ago.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1073 on: April 07, 2018, 04:45:33 pm »
We saw a swallow today!
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1074 on: April 07, 2018, 06:15:56 pm »
Snap!  Well, two flew over the Cathedral Close at Lichfield at lunchtime today. Peregrines mating on the main spire as well.