Saturday, February 12, 2011

The brown leaf-litter ground layer is now turning green.  It's a subtle thing but the primrose leaves and deep, green stars of bluebells are taking over giving the ground a spring-like green tinge.
The dawn chorus is being added to species by species with blackbird joining in.
Interestingly, on a drive home on Thursday night, I had to dodge a group of toads crossing the road; sadly some had already been flattened.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Having spent the past 2 weeks in first the Masai Mara in Kenya and then the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda it was a bit of a culture shock driving straight to Scrag from the airport, arriving just at dawn.  Although it wasn't cold, it was grey, gloomy and blustery.  I needed to stock the feeders before going home and the greyness wasn't enticing me to stay.
However, being 6 weeks after the winter solstice, it is now spring and the birds were singing with robin, song thrush, great tit, coal tit, dunnock and even goldcrest contributing to the growing dawn chorus.  I also heard great spotted woodpecker drumming.  Plants were also evident with primrose, bluebell and lords & ladies pushing through the leaf litter.
I also watched a fox trotting through Scrag from the west and then turn north to pass just 30m from me.  The wind was in a good direction and I watched totally undetected.