The arrival of Spring - Hopefully.
The temperatures are starting to move upwards from the recent minus 1 degree wind chill.
This and the following post contain scenes from my walk yesterday.
The woodland areas are still quite dull looking overall, but there are some green shoots and buds appearing and the bluebell leaves are showing very well.
I did find a few Primroses in an area previously known for them.
The Blackthorn flowers are appearing.
Robins are looking very colourful now in the sunshine.
Wild Violets are starting to emerge from below other plants.
The name Dunnock apparently comes from an ancient british name 'Dunnakos' meaning 'Little Brown Bird'.
I much prefer the more appropriate common name 'Hedge Sparrow' it has also been called 'Hedge Accentor'.
|Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 1/400 at f5.6 - 300mm(600). ISO1600|
Why do they leave cut down wood in piles like this.
So that it eventually looks like this. A moss covered little haven for a variety of insects.
Can you believe this, I didn't at first.
Its a Common Pipistrelle Bat flying around in day light.
I was walking through a woodland clearing with tall trees all around me and was looking up into the various trees for birds.
I could see this object flying around and occasionally disappearing and then reappearing to do the same. Getting a shot of it wasn't easy, but I managed this one as the best of a bad bunch.
Apparently Bats will fly in daylight in search for food especially when the temperatures are good and insects are available.
A woodland slope that will shortly be covered in bluebells.