Friday, 5 February 2016

Muddy Boots...



You will need your Boots on if you go to the park...

Just a few days of dry weather and a little bit of sun, has jumped started the park into Spring.
Birds are singing  and the first spring flowers are on there way, even though is a little to early.

Greenfinch
Dunnock


Alder Catkins

 Catkins which appear between February and April. Alder is monoecious, which means that both male and female flowers are found on the same tree. Male catkins are yellow and pendulous, measuring 2–6cm. Female catkins are green and oval-shaped, and are grouped in numbers of three to eight on each stalk.


Redwing
Redwings occur in all habitat types throughout the UK, woodlands, parks, gardens, farmland, hedgerows indeed any open country habitat with suitable scrub.
In the garden, like all thrushes, the Redwing enjoys snails, earthworms, Mealworms and Fruit, as well as Suet and Fat Balls .
(LINK)




Other birds hiding amongst the trees were,
Great tit, Coal tit, Blue Tit, Mistle thrush, Song thrush, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Magpie and Carrion crow.

Drumming away in the tree was a Great spotted woodpecker.



Hiding in the shadows of the beck was a Grey wagtail





Lesser Celandine




I have recorded this flower, flowering as late as April in 2010 when we had a cold winter, the small patch I watch was just coming into flower, but along the edge of the park next to the road edge they were in full flower as they get more sun.


(No sun to day, so flower closed)   

In the same place at the far end of the little wood that follows the Beck was a good patch of 
Snowdrops




On todays walk, the last thing spotted was some blossom.


Fingers crossed we can all get out at some point and look for signs of Spring this weekend.



26 comments:

  1. Isn't it lovely to get out and enjoy the natural world as it starts to awaken from its winter slumbers, especially so when the sun is shining :-) I loved seeing all the wildflowers and birds in this post, and a super well done getting a pic of the Grey Wagtail. They are charming little birds aren't they :-)

    Have a great weekend :-)

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    1. Thanks David, I will have taken the same photos before, same plants, same birds, but I do so enjoy the start of the year, it was just lovely to hear the birds sing. Bless the Grey Wagtail, it's such a stunning Yellow and it got called Grey !!
      Amanda xx

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  2. Lovely collection of photos. The cherry tree here now has flowers. It's never flowered before mid March at the earliest in the ten years I've lived here!

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    1. Thanks Louise, I'm getting quite excited with all the new growth, I will enjoy it for the moment as the British weather might just have a trick or two up her sleeve....
      Amanda xx

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  3. Wonderful photos Amanda.. my boots seem to be permanently muddy at the moment as it's so muddy across the fields where I dog walk.. a few dry days wouldn't go amiss. :o) xx

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    1. Thanks Julie, it's now raining again, ho well the two days were nice while it lasted !
      Amanda xx

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  4. Beautiful bird photos again. Especially the redwing and the pretty grey wagtail.

    Your spring flowers seem to be coming out at the same rate as ours in Hampshire, which is very odd. There is usually a few weeks delay with spring flowering between here and the North.

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    1. Thanks DW, love seeing the Redwings, they are easy to find as they make so much noise, but hard to photograph as they soon fly of.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Once again you've seen many birds and taken some wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them together with the interesting information.

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    1. Thanks Linda, glad you liked the photo's, looks like its going to rain all day today :( so notrips out with the camera.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Lovely series of photos Amanda - love the first one and the photo of the pressed celandine. Its lovely to have a dry day and get out and see the first signs of Spring approaching. As you say so many flowers are appearing early this year - saw lots of daffodils in full flower locally yesterday.

    Heavy rain here today :( but it looks a bit more promising for tomorrow! Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thanks RR, very wet to day :( might have a day photographing my books, need to know what I have got before I ordering some more :))))) At work all day tomorrow so will miss out if it is fine.
      Amanda xx

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  7. Hello, pretty images from your walk in the park. It has been wet here too, bound to be mud around. I love all the birds and photos. The snowdrops are lovely. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen , glad you like the photo's, nice to see the Snowdrop's.
      Amanda xx

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  8. I am looking forward to a bit more sun - getting a bit fed up with the rain now. Still getting out and about to see what is out there gives hope that Spring really is around the corner. Some lovely spots there Amanda you really do have a keen eye.

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    1. Thanks Elaine for the lovely comment,here's to a dry week.
      Amanda xx

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  9. So nice to look at and read your post.

    It is so lovely to get out and about.
    I did go out locally yesterday but not for long the wind was howling and it really was not pleasant.
    Today looks better so maybe a little later ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, for the lovely comment hope you managed to get out, been very cold here today.
      Amanda xx

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  10. Quite a selection of birds out there on your walk. Too windy for a walk out here this weekend. I have never seen a grey wagtail before, such a pretty wee thing.

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    1. Thanks Angie, I was lucky the wagtail stayed, it usually scoots of down the beck, if they didn't bob, they would be quite hard to spot..
      Amanda xx

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  11. Some lovely photos of this time of year, Amanda. The woodpeckers are drumming here too, a sound of early spring in the woods. I love the wagtail by the water.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, people walking through the park were stopping to look for the GSWP, it was so loud..
      Have a lovely week..
      Amanda xx

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  12. Great photos. I love the first one of your boots and the snowdrops. Thanks for sharing.:-)

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    1. Thanks Ded, just wish there were a few more dry day's to get out there with the camera...
      Amanda xx

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