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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #350 on: May 05, 2011, 08:07:32 pm »
A couple of brimstone butterflies flew in front of me this afternoon. Also saw first meadow cranesbill flowers - some probably cultivated varieties, but the first few were far from human habitation, so presumably wild.

Saw & heard a young blackbird on the verge, making "feed me" noises. Cock bird hustled it back into the hedge as I approached.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #351 on: May 10, 2011, 07:23:25 pm »
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #352 on: October 25, 2011, 06:17:43 pm »
A complete field of oil seed rape in full flower near Kings Newham today.  Summers just around the corner then?

I could understand it if it was just a field margin sown for conservation reasons but this is much too big for that.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #353 on: October 25, 2011, 06:48:35 pm »
There's one near us, too

I reckon it's the flowering of what grew from the seeds that escaped when the summer harvest was harvested. Usually it doesn't get a  chance to flower before the field is ploughed, but we had an early harvest and a late, warm autumn

We also have dandelions in  flower here at the moment.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #354 on: December 01, 2011, 11:36:00 am »
Songthrush singing lustily in an ash tree.

A tiny green caterpillar suspended from a silken thread,

Stupid bastards.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #355 on: December 01, 2011, 11:40:55 am »
While cantering my horse along a bridleway at the weekend, I saw dandelions just coming through!



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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #356 on: December 01, 2011, 12:01:08 pm »
We've got dandelions, daisies & some anonymous umbeliferers in flower. Last week my mother, near Manchester had geraniums & roses in flower in her garden. It's been a  terribly mild autumn so far...

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #357 on: December 01, 2011, 12:02:47 pm »
There's a massive poppy plant in our border that's already bloomed again & getting ready for more...
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #358 on: December 02, 2011, 12:04:40 am »
Someone was telling me today she's got snowdrops in her garden.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #359 on: December 09, 2011, 06:43:15 pm »
There were two snowdrops in flower in the park this morning. That particular patch always appears in early December.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #360 on: December 09, 2011, 06:47:33 pm »
A crocus in a border at Hebden Bridge (while it snowed) today!

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #361 on: December 29, 2011, 05:25:30 pm »
Photo taken 25th December 2011



Bit of a difference from last year.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #362 on: January 18, 2012, 11:22:53 am »
Crocuses in flower in Churchill Gardens. Looking back to last year's observations, I think Kirst spotted the first crocuses last year on 22nd Feb. This winter has been much warmer. ISTR from my O level biology that plants don't grow until the temperatures is above 5.5°C - they just lie dormant below that level. So far this winter we've had only one day in my garden in which the temperature didn't reach those dizzy heights: the max on 16th December was 5.4°C! The mean throughout January has been 7.4 compared to last year's 5.4.

Edit: I mentioned purple ones on 7th Feb last year.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #363 on: January 18, 2012, 11:26:44 am »
A crocus in a border at Hebden Bridge (while it snowed) today!

Could that have been an autumn-flowering variety? I understand that there are such things - although I'm no flower horticulturalist.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #364 on: January 18, 2012, 11:28:23 am »
There was a lot of birdsong in the sunny (but frosty) Suffolk lanes yesterday.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #365 on: January 18, 2012, 12:53:15 pm »
Caught a whiff of dope smoke from the open window of a spoilered-up Toyota the other day.

Much earlier in the year than usual.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #366 on: January 24, 2012, 08:39:49 am »
Crinklylion, on a train, transporting CAIK mad distances for her fellow cyclists.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #367 on: February 23, 2012, 09:31:31 am »
The forecast is for 18°C in some parts of Eastern England today. It's already 13°C here.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #368 on: February 23, 2012, 11:12:05 am »
Daffodils in the park have their bids beginning to bend over and show yellow.

16.6°C now and still rising.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #369 on: February 23, 2012, 11:46:52 am »
Just been outside. It's gorgeous!

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #370 on: February 23, 2012, 03:03:22 pm »
Lambs in the fields at Ullersthorpe. Quite a good size so probably been born indoors a few weeks ago.
I know that sheep are notoriously difficult to count but there were at least 21 lambs.
They had numbers painted on them.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #371 on: February 23, 2012, 09:04:43 pm »
Women!  Sane-looking ones!  On bicycles!  In Birmingham!
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #372 on: February 23, 2012, 09:48:12 pm »
A small hawthorn bush was fairly thoroughly in leaf, despite the shade of bigger roadside stuff. It wasn't even on a south-facing bank.

My first song thrush singing, and another, and... I gave up counting at 10, but I'll swear they weren't at it yesterday. And judging from the uninspired "phrases" of the songs, I'd say they still have a lot of learning to do. Several were only producing a single note, none sang more than 2½ notes, and none repeated more than a single "phrase". The great tits are more inventive than that.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #373 on: February 23, 2012, 09:51:11 pm »
Our great spotted woodpecker is back and, after trashing the suet ball feeder, did a spot of drumming in the cherry tree (it's a mahoosive fully-grown wild black cherry, rather good for climbing, which probably doesn't have long left before it splits under its own weight).  Then he hopped up the entire height of the tree in little jumps and we saw him fly away.
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Signs of Spring
« Reply #374 on: February 23, 2012, 10:39:06 pm »
Our great spotted woodpecker is back

That reminds me - I heard a woodpecker this morning as I left the house. Didn't see it so don't know what type. Can you tell from the sound - do they have characteristic pecking styles?

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