Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 90891 times)

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #275 on: March 23, 2011, 06:18:43 pm »
Bah! I was going to post about seeing a ladybird. Sitting on a strawberry plant this afternoon.

Bumble bees bumbling, assorted bugs seen fluttering around.
"A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Type-Writer Girl, 1897

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #276 on: March 23, 2011, 06:22:04 pm »
Ladybirds in the bag with our milk this morning!  No idea where they came from, though there were loads of them there last year.
Getting there...

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #277 on: March 23, 2011, 08:16:47 pm »
Chiffchaff singing in Churchill Gardens.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Basil

  • Um....err......oh bugger!
  • Help me!
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #278 on: March 24, 2011, 05:38:46 pm »
A wasp.  Not sure if I've seen  one in March before.  Can't remember.
So, how does that work?  Is it new?  Or has it somehow survived the winter?
Quote from: Kim
And remember that friends who organise things on Facebook aren't proper friends anyway.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #279 on: March 24, 2011, 05:40:10 pm »
Bumble bees. Lots of bumble bees - as big as... well... really big bumble bees.

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #280 on: March 24, 2011, 05:43:06 pm »
A wasp.  Not sure if I've seen  one in March before.  Can't remember.
So, how does that work?  Is it new?  Or has it somehow survived the winter?

Queen wasps survive the winter. When the weather warms up, they come out and start off their nest. They lay the first eggs and tend them themselves but once a few workers join them they don't do any more housework but just procreate.

On the walk to the park this morning, heard another chiffchaff, saw a carrion crow on its nest at the top of the tallest ash tree in the park, and heard, then saw, a pair of greater spotted woodpeckers drumming on a dead tree. They flew around together for quite a while, in the vicinity of the hole in an oak tree where GSWs nested two years ago.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Manotea

  • Where there is doubt...
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #281 on: March 24, 2011, 05:55:34 pm »
Found a great big fat bumblebee lying on its back in the middle of the kitchen floor which rather begged the question of how it got there (unless Somebdy Brought Him In!) but he seemed OK so I put him on the kitchen widow sill (the outdoors side) to recuperate.

Rig of Jarkness

  • An Englishman abroad
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #282 on: March 24, 2011, 08:08:26 pm »
And my first bumblebee of the year too.

Also, (not by me), 2 swallows on Islay and 2 ospreys at Gladhouse (just south of Embra)
Aero but not dynamic

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #283 on: March 24, 2011, 08:29:07 pm »
A pair of starlings sitting on the phone line near where it is is fixed to our garage looking very confused. Last year they were nesting in the eves of the garage getting in through a hole in the corner where it was rotten. During the summer we had all the barge boards and facias replaced with uPVC. Sorry birdies.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #284 on: March 25, 2011, 11:08:23 am »
Three greater spotted woodpeckers cavorting about noisily.

Most annoyingly, two fecking terrapins sunning themselves on the edge of the lake. I thought the one we saw several times last year was on its own. They are probably a permanent pestilential fixture now.



shows what happens when they get out of hand. That's Clissold Park, in North London.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #285 on: March 25, 2011, 06:31:23 pm »
Swan sitting on a nest beside the Kennet.
"A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Type-Writer Girl, 1897

Snakehips

  • Twixt London and leafy Surrey
    • Snakehips' Bikes
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #286 on: March 25, 2011, 06:56:25 pm »
Nine Mallard ducklings on the Hogsmill river where it joins the Thames.
Mustn't grumble in the circumstances .

border-rider

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #287 on: March 27, 2011, 10:37:42 am »
Lots of Cuckoo Flower/Lady's Smock on our lawn

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #288 on: March 27, 2011, 05:40:09 pm »
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #289 on: March 28, 2011, 12:02:11 pm »
A pair of blackbirds transporting worms.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Riggers

  • Mine's a pipe, er… pint!
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #290 on: March 29, 2011, 08:51:07 am »
Okay, okay, I think this has been left long enough … I'll be the one that bites … in what, pray, were they transporting them 'in' Baggers?
Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #291 on: March 29, 2011, 08:53:38 am »
Beakers.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Riggers

  • Mine's a pipe, er… pint!
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #292 on: March 29, 2011, 09:00:56 am »
<boom-boom - top hat>

Ha, ha. Very funny.
Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

Salvatore

  • Джон Спунър
    • Pics
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #293 on: March 29, 2011, 03:18:10 pm »
Rumpy-pumpy in the flower bed. Loads of them about.


Quote
et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

Martin

  • Give me bas relief
    • WWW
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #294 on: March 29, 2011, 09:26:14 pm »
I see 1 million lambs have been airlifted into the fields over the last week;

can someone explain to a townie like me how all this is done? I assume their mums were inseminated n months ago but where have they all been up to now?

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #295 on: March 31, 2011, 04:51:13 pm »
Lambing sheds.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

a lower gear

  • Carmarthenshire - "Not ALWAYS raining!"
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #296 on: March 31, 2011, 11:57:12 pm »
And for the next few months they'll be bright-eyed, active, interesting creatures. Yet in twelve months they'll be blank-eyed, dopey, boring woolly-things-that-live-on-the-hills (when they're not absently wandering in front of vehicles). Must be connected to a diet of grass...

hellymedic

  • Just do it!
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #297 on: April 01, 2011, 08:43:47 pm »
A mozzie in the meeting room last night.

a lower gear

  • Carmarthenshire - "Not ALWAYS raining!"
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #298 on: April 01, 2011, 10:40:45 pm »
A mozzie in the meeting room last night.

Must have emerged from the same hidey-hole as the fly on our landing this evening: first one this spring.

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Signs of Spring
« Reply #299 on: April 02, 2011, 11:09:58 am »
A SWALLOW! At about 9.30, a mile or so north of Holbeach.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.