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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #975 on: February 19, 2017, 06:22:34 pm »
That's an intriguing coincidence. On 14th I heard & saw my first skylark of the season. It was just before the Fosse Way by the road from Offchurch to Long Itchington.
A bit after Long Itchington I saw a couple of cock yellowhammers in a (hedge level) aerial dispute, with a lbj, presumed to be a hen yellow bunting, following at a safe distance. No songs yet, though.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #976 on: February 23, 2017, 03:21:46 pm »
- crocuses in the garden, all of a sud.

- I just took my watch off because without a pullover on the buckle annoys me when I'm typing.  >15°C outside!
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #977 on: February 25, 2017, 07:18:25 pm »
First chaffinch song today. As ever, it was not the confident clear song of proper spring, but unmistakeable nevertheless.  It brightened a damp and dismal day ;).

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #978 on: February 26, 2017, 02:12:04 pm »
I am pleased to be able to report that the honey bees that took up residence in the cavity wall/roofspace of an old bungalow at Priory Park have survived yet another winter and were out foraging this morning. I can't remember how many years ago it was that I first noticed these, but I think it may be as many as 10. Could this be a good advertisement for leaving bees to themselves and beekeepers not opening the roof every so often to steal honey/cull queen cells/feed sugar syrup/lots of other interesting reasons for looking into beehives?
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #979 on: February 26, 2017, 02:46:24 pm »
Lambs out in the fields, which I heard bleating before I saw them, and lots of tall Daffs in the verges ( as opposed to the little early ones ) in Warks today.... well it is balmy down there.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #980 on: February 26, 2017, 05:18:50 pm »
First lambs of the year spotted today.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #981 on: February 26, 2017, 08:21:29 pm »
Suburban trees in full white blossom. Don't know which, sorry!

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #982 on: February 28, 2017, 11:37:19 am »
My damson tree, which has been an upright collection of sticks since losing it's leaves last December, was covered in blossom this morning
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #983 on: February 28, 2017, 07:04:55 pm »
a few blossom on local fruit trees  :)
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #984 on: February 28, 2017, 07:09:44 pm »
I saw a tree in flower in Churchill Gardens this morning. I am pretty sure, from the pattern on the bark, that it was a type of cherry.

I also saw a goldcrest. I heard it first, as usual, but they are so tiny and are often high in the branches of large conifers and the like that they are very hard to see. This one was in a yew, and not that high up.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #985 on: March 02, 2017, 09:15:57 pm »
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #986 on: March 02, 2017, 10:51:14 pm »
All the crocuses in the garden have opened.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #987 on: March 02, 2017, 10:54:58 pm »
Suburban trees in full white blossom. Don't know which, sorry!

My bonsai plum and cherry trees are always first in blossom, have been so for about a fortnight now.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #988 on: March 07, 2017, 12:27:59 pm »
The ground must be warming up. The camp is sprouting a marvellous crop of mole hills
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #989 on: March 07, 2017, 03:19:48 pm »
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #990 on: March 07, 2017, 03:25:29 pm »


This morning in Priory Park. There was a greater spotted woodpecker drumming gently to itself at the time.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #991 on: March 08, 2017, 11:12:15 am »
I saw the first true sign of spring yesterday afternoon. There was a Frost's Garden Centre flyer on the mat when I got home.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #992 on: March 11, 2017, 02:01:48 pm »
A wasp in my computer room. David had one in his office yesterday. Suspect there's a nest in the loft.

'Yankee Doodle' ice-cream van chimes. I think this is a month later than the last two years...

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #993 on: March 11, 2017, 02:08:03 pm »
I would think it highly unlikely that a wasps' nest is sufficiently advanced to have been able to produce workers at this stage. It's only as the weather warms up that the queens (the only wasps that overwinter) get started on the nest-building and egg-laying programme.

http://www.waspbane.com/?page_id=124 gives a very good account of the life cycle of the wasp.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #994 on: March 11, 2017, 02:39:07 pm »
Thanks Wow! David saw a  wasp in the bathroom later. As we seldom have the bathroom door open, I suspect it's not the same wasp but cannot investigate.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #995 on: March 11, 2017, 03:22:04 pm »
Just seen a large bumble bee amongst the shrubs.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #996 on: March 11, 2017, 03:47:53 pm »
Just seen a large bumble bee amongst the shrubs.
One here as well.
(and the summery sound of lawnmowers all down the road including mine)
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #997 on: March 11, 2017, 04:47:38 pm »
Suburban trees in full white blossom. Don't know which, sorry!

My bonsai plum and cherry trees are always first in blossom, have been so for about a fortnight now.

My mirabelle plum tree is now in full blossom. Next door's peach tree blossom  is out.

Await aaple and Victoria plum trees.

Rose bushes are sprouting.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #998 on: March 11, 2017, 05:21:12 pm »
Skylarks - three or four of them doing a Vaughan-Williams.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #999 on: March 11, 2017, 05:40:39 pm »
Flies.
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