Spring Sun Winter Wind

Wednesday, April 19th 2023

It was a beautiful day yesterday, in the shelter away from the bitter northerly wind.  Despite the not spring like weather nature is doing what it does best and coming out of winter.  As you drive onto the reserve there is a flowering Cherry on your right.  You could also look for the Robin which often frequents the grass around this tree.

Gorse can be classed as a weed when it grows where it is not wanted,  but when it is in flower it makes a spectacular show.  Many insects and spiders enjoy the prickly protection.  Birds can also nest in it.

The moth trap has had variable catches as has the Field Centre, particularly the front of the building.  One morning there were 7 moths hanging on tight.  First for this year was a Streamer which has lovely markings and is easily identified.  Photograph for blog, except it did not co-operate but eventually settled on a log where, although colourful, shows its excellent camouflage.

 Last week I noticed Marsh Marigold flowering in its usual place in the Scrapes.  This is not a common flower on the reserve and although in garden ponds in can spread and become large and unruly ours does behave.

Walking along the boardwalk automatically checking for something bright yellow, it wasn't there.  Double checked, found some leaves but no flower!

Later in the day I saw a pair of Mallard in the pond, so I think I have found the culprits!!

And finally.  I spotted this fungus and it reminded me of the Walt Disney film Fantasia where the little fungi danced!


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