Officially Spring!

Wednesday, March 21st 2018

Not only is it the Met Office spring, it is also the spring equinox spring!  So before setting out for our walk we wrapped up well with hats, scarves and gloves and wellies!  We crunched across some ice and marvelled at the ice covering some parts of the ponds.  But to cheer us on our way, there was blue sky and the sun was out!  In the centre of the reserve we were sheltered from the brisk, cold, very, west wind.  Out on the moor it was a different matter.

We were looking for flowers.  Primroses and a Barren Strawberry flower had withstood their snow cover well.  Daisies in the sunshine were open.  Although we searched and searched our flower list did not grow much longer.  We did debate whether we should count every Gorse bush in flower.   But perseverance paid off and we found the male flowers of Larch and a Goat Willow tree with its buds well burst.

Goat Willow

The lake was busy with plenty of Mallard and Moorhen.  Greylag Geese were flying over, heading to the wetland.

The lake

Birds were feeding well in the back garden.  Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tits and Chaffinch were all to be seen.  Then a surprise, a Blackbird was feeding from the feeders.  The photograph, taken through the window is not very good but you can definitely see that it is a Blackbird on the feeder!

Blackbird on Feeder

By the time we left the clouds had gathered but there was just a hint of brightness.

A hint of brightness


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