I haven't had the time to plan returning to the scene because I haven't left it.
To day felt like Spring......
a trip to the park was needed,I have not used my camera much over the past few months so what a lovely day to have a practice.
Crocus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family comprising 90 species of perennials growing from corms. Many are cultivated for their flowers appearing in autumn, winter, or spring. The spice saffron is obtained from the stigmas of Crocus sativus, an autumn-blooming species.
Blackbird, Blue tit, Green Finch, Treecreeper, Wood pigeon, Great tit, Coal tit,Long tailed-tit, and House sparrow were all spotted within the first five minuets of entering the first park (Nunroyed).
I could hear a bird tapping away and it was two Nuthatches retrieving a snail tucked away in a branch.
As you look through the rest of the photos you will see there is a bit of a theme going , where branches, twigs etc , just seem to get in the way!
It will not be long before the spring flowers start popping up all over, but I have to had it to the Daisy as I think they have flowered on the park all winter.
The name 'Daisy' came from the old name 'Day's Eye' as the flowers opened at dawn and closed at dusk or in dull light.
We are now in the adjacent park; Nunroyd. Comprising of wild areas a pond, Trees and a stream. Where the stream (there is more than one running through the park) enters the park, birds will congregate in the shallow waters for a bath. Safely hidden amongst the tangled branches of the Willow trees.
A new bird was spotted today, at first I thought Twite but thanks to the power of Facebook I now know it is a Redpoll, I last recorded them here in 2017. So still a nice bird to spot.
Blue tit, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Great tit,
all spotted having a bath.
The resident Swan who reared two signets , at the end on her own as the male sadly die has a new fella this year.
Here is what it says to tell them apart.
(not the best words in the English language )
The knob becomes prominent at about three years of age. After swans reach maturity, it is easier to distinguish between the two sexes when they are side by side. The male's knob, also called a blackberry, is larger than the female's blackberry, and too, his neck is thicker.
One of the funniest things to watch is a Gull patting the ground for worms .
The late light, helped to give a dramatic effect to the next set of photos.
Ash keys with the bottom photo showing a Ash gall called
Lichen on the trees looked stunning.