Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 91125 times)

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #900 on: March 17, 2016, 02:58:44 pm »
The miles to road kill ratio has gone up.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #901 on: March 17, 2016, 04:24:09 pm »
A pair of Red kites circling around over garden / woodland with nest building stuff ie twigs in their beaks;  fabulous to watch them glide and soar around  :thumbsup:
....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 #902 on: March 17, 2016, 08:12:10 pm »
I've seen more and more red kites up north recently - there were a few on the edges of the Dales a couple of weeks ago, which is great to see.

Anyway, I came here to report that the lane from Dinsdale Bridge to Girsby is abloom with daffs :thumbsup:


Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #903 on: March 17, 2016, 09:34:58 pm »
Fabulous, Dean.  I think we may have done that section on Graeme's 50 from Toytown, Trev's introductory Audax.  I think the Red Kites are moving rapidly north:  I saw a couple round about the Cleveland Tontine in January.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #904 on: March 18, 2016, 10:35:32 am »
Lovely daffodil shot  :thumbsup:

Re Red Kites spreading 15 years ago moved to Radnor valley, east border of Wales into Herefordshire. Whilst kites were common west of where we lived, ie Rhayader / Elan valley their traditional stronghold it was very rare indeed see one near home. Now they are common place, a pair nests in wood at edge of our garden, they now are frequently around 20-30 miles east of here into NW Herefordshire / Shropshire and spreading. IIRC they will also be raising a better ratio young / adults as they are further east as there`s less likelihood of cold and wet weather which can destroy the first brood / eggs.
....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

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #905 on: March 20, 2016, 12:17:59 am »
A few years ago we were walking on the Long Mynd and as we headed towards Little Stretton a red kite flew over us. I phoned my brother, who spent 40-odd years working for the Nature Conservancy Council, most of them at Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury. He was very interested in our sighting, as I don't think he had ever seen a red kite in Shropshire up to that point.

Je was even more interested in the pair of ring ousels we had seen on the Long Mynd near the gliding club.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #906 on: March 20, 2016, 03:18:09 pm »
First singing Chiffchaff of 2016 for me, near Eardisley Herefordshire. And sun came out afterwards to give a sunny if chill afternoon  :thumbsup:
....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

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #907 on: March 20, 2016, 03:52:32 pm »
The laurel tree in our garden is so awash with honey bees in the sunshine today that the thing is buzzing with life. It prompted the first grass cut of the season.

Happy Equinox!
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #908 on: March 21, 2016, 09:12:46 pm »
Drumming woodpeckers here.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #909 on: March 22, 2016, 04:43:29 am »
The dawn chorus is a wonderful thing to behold, but this Maidstone blackbird has been giving it large for well over half an hour. I would really prefer to be asleep.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #910 on: March 22, 2016, 08:49:11 am »
Almond blossom yesterday.  Just one tree and a bit timid, but still.  A few others showing, too, including the usual plasticky-looking flowering cherry.  Our own (real) cherry tree is a long way behind.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #911 on: March 22, 2016, 06:28:48 pm »
The outside tent display at Winfield's in Measham has reappeared.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #912 on: March 23, 2016, 12:42:09 am »
A mozzie in my kitchen, buggrit!

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #913 on: March 26, 2016, 08:06:18 am »
A chiffchaff in the scrubby woodlands behind my brother's house.

An orgy of frogs in his pond.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #914 on: March 26, 2016, 09:35:12 am »
It's like a scene from The Birds here...   Blue tits pecking at the windows and door handles trying to get at us; scared to leave the house...   :o




 ;)  Apparently they fight with their reflections during nesting...  http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/wildlife/f/13609/t/71767.aspx

Coal tits seem much more chilled, and haven't been pecking the doors/windows.

ps another use for the VIRB, set up onna tripod.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #915 on: March 26, 2016, 09:56:30 am »
Mowed the grass in shirtsleeves and sunshine yesterday.  Today there's rain on the windows, gusting wind,  and the hills have disappeared into the mist.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #916 on: March 26, 2016, 10:11:04 am »
Mowed the grass in shirtsleeves and sunshine yesterday.  Today there's rain on the windows, gusting wind,  and the hills have disappeared into the mist.

Blimey, I could write exactly the same post.  (Do you live next door?)
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #917 on: March 27, 2016, 03:02:58 pm »
A bluebell just opening into flower, several marsh marigolds (kingcup) and numerous chiffchaff singing around lanes in west Herefordshire
....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 #918 on: March 28, 2016, 07:14:09 am »
Wet patchy snow in garden, lying on hills > 300m  ::-)

Aftermath Storm Katie, 23 mm rain / snow overnight and gales, battered daffodils  :(
....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 #919 on: April 11, 2016, 07:30:18 am »
1 x Swallow near Builth Wells on Saturday was followed by several hours of heavy snow / hail storms (see Audax Elenydd reports !! )
....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

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #920 on: April 11, 2016, 05:48:18 pm »
1 x Swallow near Builth Wells on Saturday was followed by several hours of heavy snow / hail storms (see Audax Elenydd reports !! )

Just proves it's not summer.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #921 on: April 12, 2016, 08:30:44 am »
1 x Swallow near Builth Wells on Saturday was followed by several hours of heavy snow / hail storms (see Audax Elenydd reports !! )

Just proves it's not summer.

QED  :thumbsup: and many days doesn`t feel much like Spring either
....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

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #922 on: April 12, 2016, 03:55:20 pm »
The real sign of spring is that my infeasibly tall chum Mr Warren "Shrimpboat" Beauchamp has put up the web site for the 2016 WHPSC :thumbsup:
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #923 on: April 12, 2016, 09:01:06 pm »
Lots of leaves appearing on the trees. The countryside is going green again  :thumbsup:
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #924 on: April 18, 2016, 09:46:01 am »
Three separate parties of Duke of Edinburghers on various parts of the Mendip at the weekend.
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