Monday, 11 February 2019

"HELLO"






I haven't had the time to plan returning to the scene because I haven't left it.




 Mick Jagger



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. 


Catkins 



Blue tit

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.

2019
2017

 Blue tit, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Great tit,
 Redwing
all spotted having a bath.



Snowdrops


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 .
Rain dance.

Black headed-gull.



The late light, helped to give a dramatic effect to the next set of photos.


Oak tree


Ash keys with the bottom photo showing a Ash gall called 
Aceria fraxinivora



Lichen on the trees looked stunning.






Hazel catkins.




At home we have a couple of very friendly Pigeons, as soon as I walk out the back they come down to feed.
They will now feed out of my hand which can be a bit awkward when I don't have food in it !




Hope you are all well and looking forward to the year ahead.


20 comments:

  1. Hello, it is always nice to see a new post from you. Your photos are lovely, beautiful birds and flowers. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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    1. Thank you so much Eileen for the lovely comment, hope you are having a lovely week looking at wildlife.

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  2. So lovely to have a post from you Amanda - the photos are beautiful as always especially love the light in the last images :) Super images of the swans and so pleased to hear she has a new mate and there will hopefully be more cygnets this year.

    I watched a gull paddling recently and it always makes me smile :) Good news about the Redpolls - we get them in the garden sometimes in the autumn and winter feeding on silver birch seeds but I haven't seen any yet this winter although the Goldfinches are enjoying the seeds.

    Super photo of the Blue Tit - when I see a bird in twigs will have to remember changing the focus to a single point as you mentioned to me recently :)

    Have a lovely week.

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    1. Thank you RR for the lovely comment, hopefully I am back up and running for the rest of the year. Have missed taking photos as well as been out side.
      Not been cold enough for the winter bird to come visiting our garden this year I don't think.

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  3. Oh, thank you for this! We are having a very snowy February, so it's nice to see that spring is starting to happen somewhere. Beautiful photos!

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    1. Thanks Beth so nice to hear from you, thankfully we have had very little snow this year. I like my Spring without snow :)

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  4. Beautiful photos & looking like Spring is around the corner. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan so much for the comment, I do hope Spring is on its way and the lighter evenings. I miss the light so much.

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  5. Thank you for a beautiful spring post, Anmanda. Lovely to see the colours of the Crocus. Your adjacent parks have interesting names!

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    1. Thank you Caroline for the lovely comment, I wish Crocuses were a little more hardy like the snowdrop, it doesn't take much for them to go over. One of the best places to see them is in Harogate, on the large parks just before town.

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  6. More of your wonderful images Amanda. Glad your back even if you haven't been away.:))

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    1. Thanks Roy, fully back up and running, out with my camera. Already have to many photos to sort through !

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  7. Ha, I was trying to move around to get twigs out of the way of the shot, then the bird would fly off. Joy of joys!

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    1. Thanks Simon,some days are just like that. It will be the leaves in the way soon.

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  8. Lovely set of photos :) I love watching the Gulls doing their little dance, it's funny and quite mesmerising too! It's good to be add the Redpolls to the park list again. x

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    1. Thanks Pam for the lovely comment, I say it every time but it still amazes me what I find here even after 10 years.

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  9. Lovely to see you again :)

    A beautiful collection of photos, I like the ones of the pigeons, under rated birds in my opinion!

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    1. Thanks Louise, a bird which sadly gets a bad press. Love seing the two that come in the garden to feed. Noticed they are nesting again under next doors Solar panels on the roof.

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  10. Lovely to see and read this post.
    Fabulous selection of photographs.

    We have been enjoying some spring-like days recently, not too sure how much longer it will last!

    All the best Jan

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  11. Thanks so much Jan and I hope you are well. Loving the Spring weather, has to be my favourite time of the year.

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