Thursday, 9 March 2017
The World Turns
Photos from top:
1. Badger hair caught on barbed wire
2. Badger Paw Print
3. Buff-Tailed Queen Bee on Wild Daffodil
4. Engrailed moth
5. Carpet of Wild Narcissus in the woods
There are signs of Spring across the land now. At the Badgers' Wood carpets of wild narcissus bloom, sparking across the woodland floor and spilling out over its margins into the field edges. Once a common sight, these beautiful wild flowers are now a rarity thanks to habitat loss. The insects are stirring with the warmer weather and longer light: Queen Bees buzz close to ground level seeking holes to nest in and honey bees fill their pollen baskets on the flowers that are blooming.
Although there is still some cackling going on in the trees, the large flocks of Fieldfare I've been watching all winter are departing and my ears are now set for White Throats, Swallows, Cuckoos and Blackcaps.
The Dawn Chorus is growing in richness as the light seeps back into the world around 6am, and the dusk chorus at about the same time on the other side of the day is also thickening, with the beautiful, liquid voices of the male Blackbirds often the last to fall silent as they usher in the night. This morning, as I lay awake listening to the birds a little before 6, the voices of Blackbirds and Robins were mixed in with the low hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo of a male Tawny returning to his bed after a night's hunting. Great Tits and Blue Tits are investigating the nest boxes on the walls of the house (which got a good scrub and clean out a fortnight back, so just in time) and in the trees Greater Spotted Woodpecker boys are busy drilling to detail their territory.
A couple of nights ago an Engrailed moth (the first biggy of the year) arrived on the window. I went outside and put my hand out and he deigned to settle there for a moment before fluttering into the house. I transferred him into a pooter and took the photo. For anyone newish to the blog, I am Rather Fond of moths and they tend to feature Quite Heavily here, especially during the summer moths :o)
The weather has warmed here the past few days with 14 degrees forecast today. We've been keeping beady eyes on the forecast for Devon for the weekend. So far, so good: mild with a few rain showers. I can live with that.
Hope all are well?