Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 89393 times)

woollypigs

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #875 on: February 04, 2016, 06:29:59 pm »
Yeah, spring is just around the corner

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #876 on: February 04, 2016, 06:54:55 pm »
Yeah, spring is just around the corner

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Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #877 on: February 04, 2016, 09:10:58 pm »
Greater spotted woodpeckers drumming in the park today - at least, one drumming and when another appeared, they went off together...
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #878 on: February 05, 2016, 07:35:50 am »
07:15 HOURS, just twilight, Robin, Dunnock and Song Thrush do think its Spring (and not just around the corner  ;)

Also noted rooks building nests in spinney just off A5 near Cerrigydrudion, which at probably 1000ft asl is very early I`d think ?
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #879 on: February 08, 2016, 05:40:35 pm »
First basal leaves of bluebells emerging in woodland near home
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #880 on: February 09, 2016, 02:42:49 pm »
Some daffodils in flower. I reckon, even after the ridiculously mild weather we have had throughout most of the winter, they are only about a fortnight earlier than usual.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #881 on: February 09, 2016, 06:43:48 pm »
Daffodils in flower in Slough today as well ☺
the slower you go the more you see

ElyDave

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #882 on: February 09, 2016, 09:15:00 pm »


This, always one of my earliest in flower
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #883 on: February 09, 2016, 10:08:51 pm »
Bit of a pause in Spring here now, sleety showers  and snow down on hills to 1000ft asl. But our daffodils and primroses in flower as well as red hellebores in garden.
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

Kim

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #884 on: February 12, 2016, 04:51:16 pm »
Just heard the first ice cream van of the year...
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hellymedic

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #885 on: February 13, 2016, 01:03:01 am »
I suppose that means we'll get them soon; I see I reported one on 16 February last year...

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #886 on: February 15, 2016, 03:48:20 pm »
I keep looking at the geese through the kitchen window1 and wondering whether they are building their nests yet?  Tradition/folklore has it that they lay their first eggs of the season on Valentine's Day (though mine have never yet done so within a week of the 14th).

1 (Begs the question - what are the geese doing in my kitchen?)

hellymedic

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #887 on: February 15, 2016, 04:16:27 pm »
The trees in a distant suburban garden appear to be in blossom: one pink and one white.

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #888 on: February 15, 2016, 10:52:44 pm »
This magnolia tree was in flower this evening when I went to pilates.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #889 on: February 19, 2016, 11:45:16 am »
As mentioned elsewhere, hares "boxing" in the field behind our house.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #890 on: February 19, 2016, 06:07:11 pm »
Primrose's on a embankment near Windsor ☺
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JStone

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #891 on: February 22, 2016, 03:55:25 pm »
At least 8 of these busy splashing in a 600 dia / 300 deep garden pond (aka 'the lake'), & masses of spawn.


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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #892 on: February 22, 2016, 08:20:54 pm »
I heard my first skylark of the year, near Pocklington yesterday (so still a fair way south of here).

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #893 on: February 23, 2016, 04:31:47 pm »
Lapwings and oystercatchers back on the North Pennine Fells. 
And we have just had a hail storm...

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #894 on: February 24, 2016, 08:51:14 am »
Jane and I heard a skylark on Sunday while we were out.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #895 on: March 02, 2016, 04:13:16 pm »
Jane and I heard a skylark on Sunday while we were out.

Couple skylarks singing yesterday in the 13c warmth; BUT a rapid hold on Spring today at 4c and heavy squally snow storms driven on by a 40mph gusting NW wind. Even so a great tit singing clearly in it all
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #896 on: March 15, 2016, 03:07:44 pm »
First goose egg of the year yesterday, and a whopper too!  A fortnight later than they've ever been before!  I wonder if they'll carry on later into the summer because of the late start?

Ruthie

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #897 on: March 15, 2016, 03:48:14 pm »
A skylark singing its tiny heart out yesterday near Darlington  :)
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #898 on: March 15, 2016, 06:09:09 pm »
A couple bumblebees enjoying the nectar of our winter flowering heather. Dawn chorus now at 6 am, and birds singing joyfully during daytime; female blackbird gathering moss / grasses for nest material. And , hopefully , in a week or so a chiffchaff will arrive  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #899 on: March 16, 2016, 10:32:58 pm »
First yellowhammer of the year singing this morning - still a sub-song, missing out the long final note.
A couple of nuthatches singing long, liquid trills.
My first skylark on the way home.
Lots of (wild of course) primroses in the reserve (Snitterfield), plus an apparently new site for wild daffodils. Snitterfield churchyard was carpeted in primroses, which I'm inclined to consider wild, though without evidence.
On yesterday's ride, the wild daffodils on the south-facing slopes along the ridge north of Meriden have opened up nicely - about a third in bloom. I spotted a small patch in a place I was previously unaware of; time to pass on the sighting to the Wildlife Trust's records (aiui, probably a central register which the Trust has access to)