Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 95677 times)

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #325 on: April 12, 2011, 03:37:34 pm »
Bluebells starting to come out here in the Chilterns.  As are aqualegias.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #326 on: April 16, 2011, 10:48:25 pm »
First red campions in flower on Thursday (Nature reserve at the bottom of Edge Hill).

On the ride home I spotted a cluster of 3 more on the roadside verge. I'm sure they weren't open when I rode past in the morning.

Bluebells are already carpeting the sunnier woodland edges & hedgebanks. No sign of wild garlic flowers yet, though. Lots of stitchwort on the verges, as well as primroses, violets, celandines (still not quite sure whether to open for business), dandelions, daisies, ladies smock, garlic mustard (the flowering tips are a nice salad vegetable), a few buttercups and quite a lot of cowslips. Spotted one big clump of wood anemones amongst the trees.

Heard my first skylark of the year.

Swallowed my first fly of the year.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #327 on: April 17, 2011, 08:27:43 am »
Several Redstarts on my walk through the foothills of the Black Mts yesterday, only one let me see how spectacularly handsome he was though, the rest were just teases.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #328 on: April 17, 2011, 01:48:20 pm »
Several skylarks on the golf course at Harlech.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #329 on: April 17, 2011, 02:44:20 pm »


Spring much later up here.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #330 on: April 17, 2011, 08:38:58 pm »
Yesterday, while digging in the garden, I saw a fox poke her head out of the old compost heap.  I think she's making a den there again, so we will see cubs playing in the garden soon, so long as I didn't disturb her too much.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #331 on: April 17, 2011, 11:42:09 pm »
Cuckoos and nightingales have been heard and seen in and around Southend, although not by me.

South East Essex RSPB Local Group - Latest Bird Reports refers.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #332 on: April 19, 2011, 07:07:56 pm »
Put this in seen today, but should have been here:

a tadpole.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #333 on: April 19, 2011, 08:18:42 pm »
We went to Two Tree Island and had a good view of a cuckoo, which did its stuff for quite a long time, and heard, I think, 4 nightingales, at one point simultaneously with the cuckoo. There were also a couple of pheasants making their noise. Substitute them for quails and it was like listening to Beethoven.

I love the nightingale's song.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #334 on: April 20, 2011, 10:05:20 pm »
Put this in seen today, but should have been here:

a tadpole.
We (actually Mrs. N.) fished out tadpoles from the garden pond with a jam-jar yesterday for our granddaughter. I'm not sure sure she understood that they would become frogs, when(if) they grew up :).

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #335 on: April 20, 2011, 10:06:27 pm »
Well, they won't if they are in a jam jar.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #336 on: April 20, 2011, 10:24:57 pm »
Well, they won't if they are in a jam jar.
Is that true for all values of jam-jar? ;)

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #337 on: April 20, 2011, 10:29:12 pm »
I don't think so. I raised a few tadpoles to froglets in jam jars as a teenager. They needed much love, daphnia and pondweed.

Quite a few disappeared, presumably gobbled by their sibs.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #338 on: April 20, 2011, 10:37:57 pm »

Quite a few disappeared, presumably gobbled by their sibs.

That happens in the pond as well, which seems to be unduly popular with the frogs.

Popularity maybe because the frogs know that some of the neighbours have newts :-\ .

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #339 on: April 20, 2011, 10:41:57 pm »
The first few flowers of hawthorn which literally opened during the day, complete with the heavy scent of may blossom. That was already attracting insects by 3 p.m.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #340 on: April 20, 2011, 11:16:49 pm »
The beech hedge is finaly turning green.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #341 on: April 20, 2011, 11:22:49 pm »
The rowan tree in the close is giving off a very pleasant, though occasionally overpowering scent these last few days.

It almost makes me regret chopping down the rotten one in our garden when we moved in. Almost.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #342 on: April 21, 2011, 09:41:02 am »
Yes, I noticed hawthorn blossom on Sunday as we rode along the Wandle.

The sudden appearance of massive wisteria displays, and the more cautious lilacs, tell me that spring is pretty much established, as does catching the sweet scent of some flowers after dark in the next street.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #343 on: April 21, 2011, 01:24:25 pm »
Chiffchaffs.  Swallows.  Cricketers ...

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #344 on: April 21, 2011, 02:17:41 pm »
The bluebells are out - the valley looks fantastic!  :thumbsup:

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #345 on: April 21, 2011, 02:53:35 pm »
Yup. We've just got back from a bluebell walk through the beech woods near Satwell (S. Oxfordshire). Glorious! There are quite a few which aren't open yet, so it'll get even better.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #346 on: April 21, 2011, 05:43:36 pm »
A very cute lamb near Grosmont, yesterday

One of those teddy-sheep.


Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #347 on: April 28, 2011, 10:00:41 pm »
Whole fields of dandelions.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #348 on: April 30, 2011, 06:09:48 pm »
Mummy or Daddy robin feeding baby robins on the garden wall. The chicks are fledged, but still being fed, & the parents have been bringing them to our bird feeder the last few days. The chicks sit on the wall a metre or so away from the food & the parent shuttles back & forth.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #349 on: May 03, 2011, 10:24:55 pm »
There was a magnificent show of may blossom on the roadside hedge of the local egg factory. I commented on the splendour of it, certainly the best I've seen this year for many miles, to the proprieter. He reckoned that it's been by far the best show that he can remember. The hedge has not been attacked with the accursed flail mowers for decades, if ever. Predictably, I didn't take a camera when just riding a few miles to buy eggs...