Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 89578 times)

woollypigs

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1125 on: November 28, 2018, 02:06:57 pm »
doh forgot to write this last week and take a snap. Cherry Blossom is in full go here.
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Basil

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1126 on: December 13, 2018, 01:06:40 pm »
'Sticky Buds' on the chestnut trees.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1127 on: December 14, 2018, 10:10:27 am »
'Sticky Buds' on the chestnut trees.  :thumbsup:

That's what we call the Ash buds - and they've been around for some weeks now.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1128 on: December 14, 2018, 10:03:33 pm »
Little honeysuckle leaves in Daffern's Wood yesterday. Since the maximum temperature was around 2 Celsius & today was a tad cooler, they may have second thoughts...

Basil

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1129 on: January 06, 2019, 10:28:47 am »
Crocuses
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1130 on: January 06, 2019, 04:32:29 pm »
I saw my first lambs of the year today.  :D

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1131 on: January 06, 2019, 04:49:28 pm »
Blackbirds are scrapping.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1132 on: January 10, 2019, 09:06:06 pm »
Birds are singing. On yesterdays hour & a half ride to the work party I counted 7 blue tits, 7 coal tits, 2 great tits (plus a probable which was hard to distinguish form a much nearer blue tit), 2 robins & a wren. The contrast between the great tits was intriguing. one was singing the textbook two-note song; the other was improvising in a big way, without any audible competition.
Then at the reserve, as we were clearing scrub at the sides of a ride, a carpet of small primrose leaves became visible. Hopefully a bit more sunlight will encourage them.

Basil

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1133 on: January 12, 2019, 03:26:13 pm »
Crocuses

Ah. Now they are more developed, I see that they are not crocuses.
 

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What are they called?
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woollypigs

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1134 on: January 12, 2019, 04:40:37 pm »
weed, get the roundup on them or nuke from orbit ... oh it ain't a monster it a green outdoor thing that some calls flower
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1135 on: January 13, 2019, 10:00:09 am »
I saw my first lambs of the year today.  :D

But the mint won't be through for weeks. :o
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1136 on: January 13, 2019, 04:50:31 pm »
Crocuses

Ah. Now they are more developed, I see that they are not crocuses.
 

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What are they called?

Thomasinia - they are a type of crocus.

Our Daphne is about to flower, the Aconites are flowering too, and so is the Sarcacocca.
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Kim

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1137 on: January 13, 2019, 05:32:22 pm »
First dead badger of the year!

(Also some sportsballists stopping traffic by moving the goalposts.)
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Basil

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1138 on: January 17, 2019, 03:42:22 pm »
Just realised that there are several baa-lambs visible in the field opposite.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1139 on: January 28, 2019, 08:35:21 pm »
Two celandine flowers were opening up in the usual earliest location (the roadside bank S of Hampton in Arden church). It seems far too early, & what's really weird, the sun at noon wasn't high enough to shine on the bank over the houses on the other side of the road.

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1140 on: February 02, 2019, 02:43:03 pm »
First ice cream van of the year!
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woollypigs

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1141 on: February 02, 2019, 02:44:28 pm »
First ice cream van of the year!
oohhh now where is my flip flops ?
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hellymedic

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1142 on: February 02, 2019, 03:32:22 pm »
First ice cream van of the year!

That IS early!

Ours will probably return in 2-3 weeks' time...

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1143 on: February 02, 2019, 11:26:05 pm »
Yellow crocuses in the park.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1144 on: February 11, 2019, 12:58:55 am »

Storks and starlings in the Jordan valley at the start of their spring migration to Europe a few days ago.
sideways bounding monkey lounging under fruit tree

T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1145 on: February 11, 2019, 01:38:48 pm »
Just had a stink bug drop onto me and do its thing on my sweater. Had to dump sweater & shirt into the wash. :sick:
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1146 on: February 15, 2019, 11:29:31 pm »
Swallowed my first insect on Wednesday. It was while I was working rather than on the ride to the nature reserve (Whitacre Heath), which specialises in voracious mossies & horse flies. Near the end of the ride there I had spotted yellow flowers, which turned out to be dandelions, but a tad further alond the grassy verge I counted 11 Celandines opening up. They could well have some pollinating insects to help their purpose.

Today, meanwhile, was a day of birdsong. My first songthrush this year was followed by 6 more during a 2 hr ride to work. Also the first chaffinch, followed by another 4. For both species the morning songs were early season subsongs. I'm perplexed that the evening ride home (we finished laying the hedge very late, so I had a lot of time to enjoy a truly gorgeous lingering sunset) the thrushes had become much more confident & inventive. To complete the tally, a greater spotted woodpecker drumming, followed by another while we were working; first blackbird singing when I arrived at work, first woodpigeons this year, close to work area and a very noisy, but obviously very communicative, rookery (sorting out the pecking order for this year? ;-).

hellymedic

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1147 on: February 16, 2019, 12:53:52 am »
Daffs in our garden are open.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1148 on: February 16, 2019, 11:28:09 am »
Someone was mowing their lawn the other day.

Mine gets mowed 2 or 3 times a year whether it needs it or not.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1149 on: February 16, 2019, 11:29:43 am »
Skylark near Selby yesterday. Don't think I've heard one this early in the year before.