Saturday, 4 April 2015

It's all kicking of at the park....


Due to the weather I have not visited the park much this week, so with the sun on my back I went to see how my Larch tree was doing for next weeks post.

In the wood there was a beautiful surprise I found Wood Anemone flowering, there is something special about all the Spring flowers.


Finding Wood Anemone got me searching for other flowers at the park.


Speedwell


Daisy


Flies were feeding on this Willow blossom, a large Bumble Bee came but flew of before I could take a photo.


All the plans are starting to bud on the old car park hedges.
In the old car park I like to check under the stones, there are old bits of slate roofing were critters can hide.
To day I was rewarded, the soil moved and it turned out to be a small Toad, first one I have recorded at the park. I try not to upset anything I find, just to get a photo, so most of them are of it's butt as it moved under another stone.


Next on to the old weather pitch a Small Tortoiseshell flew up into one of the trees,
first Butterfly of the year.


Blue tit having a good sing song.


There is Celandine flowering all round the park now,
 noticed what looks like a egg on one of the petals when I got home, what do you think....


Dandelions


First Buttercup


               

Little old man has had a hair cut..


and  I could not leave without showing you some more Sheep, we have Lambs too.








Happy Hunting

AMANDA XXX



28 comments:

  1. I'm loving those sheep and lamb pictures, but then I'm biased aren't i!

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    1. Thanks Annie, they are full of character , which I had not really noticed before, it's going to be a good project to follow up. Might see how many different types of sheep I can find while out walking...
      Amanda xx

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  2. There's so much happening isn't there, April rushes by and is one of my favourite months. Happy you saw your first butterfly. I'm hoping to see more now we have sun and some warmth forecasted. Enjoyed your photos as always and agree, it does look like an egg on the celandine, but whose egg I don't know! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, it only takes a few days of warm sunshine and every things off, saw loads more Butterflies the day after and my first Chiffchaff for this year at the park.
      Amanda xx

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  3. What a lot bursting to life - much further on than here - love the toad pics - well all of them actually. Don't know about the 'egg' - someone's Easter offering - could it be a blob of pollen dropped. I'm amazed too how rubbed bare the sheep's lips are.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, I noticed the worn lips on the sheep too, went back next day to look for the "egg" but did not find it...could not remember which flower it was !!
      Amanda xx

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  4. I must start looking for lambs. I passed a field of sheep yesterday but no babies yet. The little touches of spring are everywhere now - including flies!! Have a wonderful Easter x

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    1. Thanks Chel, Happy Easter to you too.
      Amanda xx

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  5. I went out along the golf course yesterday to see what was new. Also saw my first butterfly of the year - a peacock. Saw a few flowers but not as many as you. Most excitingly, thanks to your tree posts, I identified several larch! x

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    1. Thanks Julie, things are moving fast now, my Larch trees are starting to flower which is good news, glad you found some.
      Amanda xx

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  6. You've got a very keen eye, Amanda. Not spotted any wood anaemonies, although I've been looking very hard nor a butterfly. Have spotted several Bumble bees though.
    Happy Easter!
    Jacqui xx

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    1. Thanks Jacqui, hope you are both well, more butterflies today and have seen a few bumble bees..
      Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, happy Easter to you too...
      Amanda xx

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  8. small torts on the wing for me as well today, carder bee and other bumbles too although we didn't see much sun. I reckon tomorrow will be the big first major spring day

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    1. Thanks Simon, you were right about the sun it has brought everything out..
      Amanda xx

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  9. Lots of lovely images Amanda including the sheep. Well done getting your first butterfly sighting.

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    1. Thanks Roy, glad you like the sheep, and the sun has brought more butterflies out...
      Amanda xx

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  10. Lovely Spring post Amanda and love all the wild flower photos :) I've only seen one butterfly also a Small Tortoiseshell but not in such a picturesque setting mine was in a Supermarket car park of all places! Happy Easter :)

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    1. Thanks RR, seen loads to day, even high up on the moors, sunshine dose us all good... Happy Easter too..
      Amanda xx

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  11. Wonderful expressions on the sheep faces and Old Man looks very smart with his new hair do- T and P approve (and are glad it isn't just them that gets a hair cut!). Little early in the season for insect eggs yet- can't think what would be laying now? Saw Wood Anemones today for the first time this year too as well as several male Brimmies. Flutter transect walking tomorrow as the forecast looks good. Wish me luck! xx

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    1. Thanks CT, Old man glad of the hair cut now the sun has come out, he likes to sun bath but not very good at going for a walk when it's warm.
      Amanda xx

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  12. Hi Amanda,

    Your border terrier has the cutest face..........love his haircut.

    The first image of the wood anemone is beautiful.........so simple but very beautiful.

    Good to see a butterfly......one arrived in my garden last month but sadly later, I found it in pieces on the lawn. Obviously the birds had got to it. Sad but............

    Love this time of year.....wildflowers, birds singing, lambs frolicking ......fabulous

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, things are moving on fast now , the sun has brought everything out.. so pleased to see the Wood anemone. Hope we are moving forward now and this was not just a few lucky days of sunshine...
      Amanda xx

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  13. Nice blog, some great photos.

    Ian
    http://my-wildlife-pond-project.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Ian, glad you pop over and left a comment...
      Amanda xx

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  14. What a fun hunting outing! I agree--the first flowers of springtime are so magical! My spring-flowering bulbs are at various stages now, but the native wildflowers are just beginning. I'm going to try to savor it this year, because spring ephemeral time is so short. Thanks for this beautiful post.

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    1. Thanks PP, glad you liked it and thanks for leaving a kind comment...
      Amanda xx

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