Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 89507 times)

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #650 on: February 16, 2014, 01:53:52 pm »
Daffodils in flower near Mashbury.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #651 on: February 16, 2014, 03:17:11 pm »
Did anyone else hear the chaffinch on R4's Tweet Of The Day this morning?
I was wondering why it was making me feel so good when I realised that although they are abundant in our garden all through the winter, they keep pretty quiet until about now.
Once you start hearing the male chaffinch song you know that spring is just around the corner.
A feel good sound if ever there was one.  :D
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #652 on: February 16, 2014, 03:53:55 pm »
Snowdrops been out for a week or so round here! Saw some new born lambs on the way to Lambourne.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #653 on: February 16, 2014, 07:09:41 pm »
Very punny!
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #654 on: February 16, 2014, 08:24:45 pm »
First afternoon icy puddle of the season.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #655 on: February 16, 2014, 09:05:30 pm »
There were some primroses in flower by Highwood church. Lots of birdsong: mostly song thrushes but I think I heard one goldcrest and definitely a skylark.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #656 on: February 19, 2014, 12:02:54 am »
I didn't manage to investigate the woodland snowdrops in the reserve, but today's ride made it a bit irrelevant.

There were snowdrops in gardens, snowdrops in odd patches on the roadside verges and glorious carpets of snowdrops in tiny bits of woodland that I've been riding past for more than a decade and never even noticed the ground flora. ;D

The great tits were hard at it ;) . The textbook song has mutated into the annual propagate or decline competiton. Improvisations on the "2 note motif" that they repeat into a phrase are getting inventive.

Blue tits have been demonstrating the resounding voices that earned the label Tomtits.

A few chaffinches singing.
Did anyone else hear the chaffinch on R4's Tweet Of The Day this morning?
A feel good sound if ever there was one.  :D
Yes  :) .
The local birds are still hestitant, but are now a song that says spring is just around the corner.

I spotted a primrose in flower yesterday on the same sunny bank as the celandines. It's hard by the churchyard in Hampton-in-Arden, so may have escaped from the cultivated memorial flowers. Withal they were a sign of things to come. The celandines meanwhile, were no further on than they were 5 days ago.
 

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #657 on: February 19, 2014, 12:50:13 am »
CROCUS!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #658 on: February 19, 2014, 08:42:08 am »
Flies. Great big disgusting swarms of foul flying things.

And I was on a solo, so no nice big pilot fairing to catch all of them. And uphill, so I had my mouth open, with inevitable consequences.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #659 on: February 19, 2014, 12:55:48 pm »
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #660 on: February 19, 2014, 03:28:17 pm »

Took this on our Sunday ride

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #661 on: February 19, 2014, 08:47:22 pm »
A pair of crows looking like they were interested in nesting, watched over by a magpie.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #662 on: February 22, 2014, 04:42:55 pm »
Dried my clothes in the yard rather than at the laundrette today.

Am currently sitting in the yard drinking tea and listening to the birds singing. Not too cold.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #663 on: February 22, 2014, 07:16:49 pm »
Worked out in the garden for most of the day (until the Rugby took over--I really wasn't going to watch the Scotland/Italy match, honest, but as I wondered through the house it seemed such an interesting contest...)
We have crocuses in bloom. Last weekend you could barely see they were coming up.
All the fruit trees have buds which are just beginning to open.
Nice to get back outside.

Tomorrow, when we're going birdwatching assuming we can find a bit of the Somerset levels which is not under water, unfortunately does not look as good.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #664 on: February 22, 2014, 09:33:39 pm »
A couple of blackbirds in a tree near my house  :)
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #665 on: February 23, 2014, 04:50:55 pm »
As said on another thread, drumming GSW thus morning.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #666 on: February 23, 2014, 05:17:03 pm »
Having started work as a postie in early January, I've not only seen plenty of rain on my posh suburban round, but also seen the approach of spring through the blooming snowdrops, emerging daffs and now I've seen the start of the bluebells growing in my back garden. That's a tad early, so I hope they don't suffer from the inevitable frosts we'll have.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #667 on: February 24, 2014, 12:18:34 pm »
It's a marvellously warm, calm, sunny spring day today. Crocuses and daffodils in flower, a magnolia with its buds bursting, and different species up and doing. No sign of any frogspawn in the place it normally turns up.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #668 on: February 24, 2014, 12:27:35 pm »
A magpie is building a nest in a large tree behind the house. Just need a few weeks of nice weather to bring on spring for me.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #669 on: February 24, 2014, 12:46:48 pm »
... No sign of any frogspawn in the place it normally turns up.

I'm sure it won't be long - this pair have been hard at it all morning in the back garden - with lots of splashing as No3 tries to join in.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #670 on: February 24, 2014, 02:18:32 pm »
At the farm where my cows are overwintering, the owner has some roses growing up a wall.  One of them was blooming at the weekend!

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #671 on: February 24, 2014, 02:54:58 pm »
Lunch in the back garden :)
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #672 on: February 24, 2014, 06:45:19 pm »
Plum tree in neighbouring garden in full blossom.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #673 on: February 24, 2014, 07:51:49 pm »
At the farm where my cows are overwintering, the owner has some roses growing up a wall.  One of them was blooming at the weekend!

We has a single rose flower for a couple of weeks then the storms put paid to that.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #674 on: February 25, 2014, 02:52:23 pm »
The cherry blossom trees on part of my round are showing signs of bursting into flower. Magnolias too.
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