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Blossom

Saturday, May 13th 2017

Well, we are in the month of May and the May blossom has finally blossomed at Foxglove, as usual later than in the surrounding areas.  However I don't think that you should be putting all your layers of jumpers, coats, hats, scarves and gloves away just yet.

May Blossom

Almost every day you walk around the reserve something new has opened.  The Rowan or Mountain Ash, has flowered,

Rowan

as has the male Holly.  How do I know that this is the male flower?  Well I could be scientific and say that it is because there are only stamens in the flower, but really it is because this tree never has berries!  I must look for a female tree.

Male Holly Flower

Bitter Vetchling is one of the first vetches to show its very pink/purple heads.

Bitter Vetchling

Ambling along Risedale Beck, I felt that I was being watched.  I was, by a Robin, in whose flight path I was obviously close to. It was heading back to its young with a mouthful of delicious insects.   I quickly walked on.

Robin


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