Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 124974 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1350 on: April 27, 2020, 11:01:41 am »
Unwanted sign of spring: my red arms.  :-[
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Kim

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1351 on: April 27, 2020, 12:59:02 pm »
Ah yes, my cyclists's tan has rebooted.  Seem to have avoided any actual burnage.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1352 on: April 29, 2020, 05:23:19 pm »
On our usual walk along a local river, we see coots, moorhens, swans and Mallard ducks. Today a female duck had seven ducklings in tow.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1353 on: April 30, 2020, 03:40:56 pm »
Today, in the hissing rain, some moorhen chicks which were too elusive to count. Two duck families, one with ten and the other with four ducklings. Hope the latter wasn't yesterday's seven  :-\

On checking, mallards have clutches of between 8 and 13. That suggests the survival rate isn't very high.

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1354 on: April 30, 2020, 03:46:52 pm »
One year, I saw a mallard with 10 ducklings in our local park on 28th February. We then had a fortnight's really cold weather and I'm sure the lot died. Another year, another mallard had some 10 duckings following her around and they were almost full size.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1355 on: May 06, 2020, 10:03:29 am »
Two swifts while on our permitted exercise yesterday.
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1356 on: May 06, 2020, 03:44:52 pm »
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Pingu

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1357 on: May 06, 2020, 06:18:34 pm »
First swifts of the year  :thumbsup:

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1358 on: May 08, 2020, 03:22:10 pm »
First swifts of the year  :thumbsup:

I should have mentioned: Sunday 3rd May for me. For a while some were taking an interest in the house opposite ours, which I found interesting because I am sure they have never nested there before. However, that interest was short-lived. I would rather like to have swifts nesting in my ouse, although I suspect they might be noisy lodgers. I could put up with that for <4 months every year though.
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1359 on: May 08, 2020, 03:53:39 pm »
I was forgetting that we heard a cuckoo on Sunday, down in some trees along the stream by the sports ground.  There's one returns there every year. MrsT has seen it, but I haven't.

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Basil

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1360 on: January 17, 2021, 03:27:11 pm »
First daffs I've seen in full bloom this year.  At Cwmtydu this afternoon.

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Basil

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1361 on: January 18, 2021, 01:18:36 pm »
And snowdrops in Llandysul park this morning.  :D
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1362 on: February 20, 2021, 01:46:06 pm »
Dozens of bees on the crocuses this afternoon.  Dozens of crocuses too, come to that.
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Mrs Pingu

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1363 on: February 20, 2021, 03:12:22 pm »
IMG_0522_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

IMG_0521_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1364 on: February 20, 2021, 07:15:12 pm »
Snow drops and primroses near Cookham today  :)
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1365 on: February 20, 2021, 10:12:59 pm »
I've been wandering around the park trying to find anything singing that wasn't a robin. Those little buggers sing all winter long. I heard a wren making quite a lot of noise, and the great tits are going at it in their tedious tuneless way, and I heard a dunnock, but the real songsters, the blackbirds, are still in silent winter mode.

I'm hoping to hear a song thrush or two. I photographed one in the park a couple of weeks ago but there aren't many about.
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Pingu

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1366 on: February 20, 2021, 11:32:43 pm »
I heard a skylark earlier this week.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1367 on: February 21, 2021, 11:24:22 am »
The Thomasinias and Aconites have been flowering for a while, and our wild garlic leaves are about 5cm tall.  Yesterday we saw a few bees, and a Brimstone butterfly. Oh and the small Irises are flowering too.
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1368 on: February 21, 2021, 03:17:29 pm »
Some of our bees on some of our crocuses:



With that lens.
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hellymedic

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1369 on: February 22, 2021, 04:26:53 pm »
Just heard the chimes of
The Returning Jingling Ice Cream Van.

22 February. Seems par for the course.

lou boutin

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1370 on: February 23, 2021, 08:50:59 am »
The sunrise was glorious and it was warm enough for me to sit on the fishing jetty and drink my coffee this morning.  I took some photos, but I have never figured out how to post photos here. 

Pingu

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1371 on: February 24, 2021, 03:19:12 pm »
Neighbour's pond heaving with croaking frogs.


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nicknack

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1372 on: Yesterday at 11:04:52 am »
They're doing it here too.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1373 on: Yesterday at 04:21:55 pm »
The first skein of geese from the local reservoirs honking overhead this morning, in preparation for their flights north.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1374 on: Today at 10:28:37 am »
Bird ground feeder emptied completely last few nights. Wondered if hedgehogs have woken up.  Two, one large one small, seen feeding at 11pm last night. Must put some proper food stuffs out tonight.
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