Monday, 21 March 2011

Buds, birds and flowers in the woods

It's warming up a lot now (in the daytime at least), and this weekend we took advantage of the sunshine for a walk in the woods. There's loads of Spring flowers out now, like the Wood Anemone (all the following flower pics are from Sweep Wood):

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the Lesser Celandine:
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and of course the Primrose:
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There's Daffodils too - I thought these were probably garden escapees, at the top of Sweep Wood, but there's one further down the hill too, which is odd:
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What's particularly noticeable is how the strip in Sweep Wood that we coppiced this winter and last is really green as it gets so much light:
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Compare this to a patch near our camp in Chestnut Coppice, which won't get much sunlight for a few weeks yet:
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Not to be outdone by the flowers, some of the trees are in bloom too, like this Plum at the top of Sweep Wood:
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Our own fruit trees are budding, like this pear:
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and the wild Apple:
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Some are a bit further behind, like this Sycamore:
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While others already have leaves, like Elder:
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and Hawthorn:
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Meanwhile the willow has its catkins on:
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With all these flowers coming out, it's not surprising to see bees around:
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and also butterflies, like this Comma:
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There was even a Ladybird sunning itself:
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The birds are very busy right now, singing to mark out their territory. Here's a Robin, a Blackbird, a Blue Tit and a Pigeon:
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Oops, I guess someone ate the Pigeon!

Last but not least, we found a huge bone. I assume someone's dog dropped it, unless we have cows in the wood...
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Mike

1 comment:

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Nice to see you get any other than feet of snow! Happy Spring!