Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 90756 times)

woollypigs

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #150 on: April 12, 2010, 01:19:47 pm »
But was it carrying a coconut ?
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clarion

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #151 on: April 12, 2010, 01:40:12 pm »
Well, not on it's own...
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #152 on: April 12, 2010, 03:21:48 pm »
There's finally enough greenery on the fuschia to enable to me to see how much of the winter-induced dead bits I can prune back.

It looks a bit sparse now, but give a couple of months...
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Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #153 on: April 19, 2010, 06:58:31 pm »
I heard a cuckoo this morning. It was on Two Tree Island and I was the other side of the creek, walking towards Leigh station. I also saw my first swallow.

When we were in Scotland, between Glenelg & Corran, I'm pretty sure I saw a house martin, but it was fleeting. That was on 5th April.

There were lots of willow warblers in Scotland. Whist we were riding along the Road from the Isles, we could hear them almost all the way. Given that willow warblers and chiffchaffs are physically so similar, I wonder why one species seems to favour the far north and the other the south? We do get the occasional willow warbler round here, but they were nothing like so common as chiffchaffs. We didn't hear one chiffchaff in Scotland.
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Rig of Jarkness

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #154 on: April 19, 2010, 07:22:18 pm »
In Dumfries early the week before last there were good numbers of swallows and house martins over the river.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #155 on: April 20, 2010, 12:10:34 am »
Our Greater Spotted Woodpecker no longer visits the bird feeder (A sure sign that winter is over) and now occasionally can be heard drumming stage garden left.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #156 on: April 20, 2010, 10:21:12 am »
Walking Tara this morning, peacock butterflies and my first blackcap song of the year.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #157 on: April 23, 2010, 07:52:50 am »
I heard a cuckoo this morning.

And the first one for me this year.  Clear as a bell ringing out over the upper Clydach valley.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #158 on: April 23, 2010, 01:23:15 pm »
Given that willow warblers and chiffchaffs are physically so similar, I wonder why one species seems to favour the far north and the other the south?

Good taste?

RJ

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #159 on: April 23, 2010, 01:29:02 pm »
Given that willow warblers and chiffchaffs are physically so similar, I wonder why one species seems to favour the far north and the other the south?

Good taste?

... which would explain the fat tabby cat halfway up a tree with a chicffchaff in it on my way to work the other morning  ;)

Salvatore

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #160 on: April 23, 2010, 08:32:02 pm »
I heard a cuckoo this morning.

And the first one for me this year.  Clear as a bell ringing out over the upper Clydach valley.

I heard one this afternoon while I was snapping this bluebell

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #161 on: April 25, 2010, 10:52:37 am »
This little chap in our garden. He was next to our beech hedge and wasn't too pleased about having his photo taken. His mum was even less pleased and gave me a good scolding from atop the hedge.

I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Salvatore

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #162 on: April 25, 2010, 11:12:24 am »
A fly as high as a kite on pollen trapped in the head of a dandelion. It seemed to want to get out, but every attempt to escape would result in it falling drunkenly back in.

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andygates

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #163 on: April 25, 2010, 02:21:07 pm »
*sniff*

That was warm summer rain. :thumbsup:
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #164 on: April 25, 2010, 03:44:40 pm »
First thunder of the year here.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #165 on: April 25, 2010, 11:05:45 pm »
Sandwich terns fishing along Brighton 'beach' by the pier.

CAMRAMan

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #166 on: April 26, 2010, 08:27:21 pm »
Our wintertime view of the taller towers of Warwick Castle is rapidly disappearing now the tall trees are coming into leaf. Farewell, till the autumnal leaf fall at least.
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clarion

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #167 on: April 26, 2010, 08:28:28 pm »
Saw a swallow this weekend in Somerset.  And a queen wasp.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #168 on: April 26, 2010, 10:22:28 pm »
We have lodgers - Nest box on the gazebo now has bluetits in it  :thumbsup:

nicknack

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #169 on: May 06, 2010, 09:24:23 pm »
Heard first cuckoo today. Down on the Kemsley marshes.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #170 on: May 07, 2010, 03:29:24 pm »
I meant to post these last week or so.

Spring comes to Chateau Volio:









Probably shouldn't have let the rhubarb flower though :)


clarion

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #171 on: May 07, 2010, 03:50:51 pm »
Rhubarb growing, eh?  The Beryl Burton training method, is it?
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #172 on: May 24, 2010, 09:25:11 am »
This was taken a month ago, so it's a bit late -

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Re: Signs of Spring 2011
« Reply #173 on: February 07, 2011, 07:12:32 pm »
Time to resurrect this thread.   :)

Sorry for the crap focusing on my phone.

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woollypigs

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #174 on: February 07, 2011, 07:14:39 pm »
The cherry blossoms have been out in west London for a week or a bit. Should think that the frost would delay it a bit.
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