Sunday, 15 March 2015

Woodland Walk

Images from my latest walk through the local Woodland Nature Reserve.
Although the weather has warmed a little, the woodland still looks generally rather sparse and lacks greenery. However there are a few signs of Spring with some flowers showing and the resident bird species are quite active now. No sign of the early Spring visitors such as the Chiffchaff as yet, but its still early. The sound of the Great-spotted Woodpecker drumming on branches and the occasional 'laughing' Green Woodpecker was heard, but not seen.


Primroses are starting to show in various areas.


Birds such as this male Great Tit were moving through the branches chasing after females.



This Lesser Celandine below was emerging encouraged by the warm sunshine


This below is a good spot for Butterflies later on, such as the Silver-washed Fritillary and the Speckled Wood. 



Some bramble leaves are visible and deserving of a photograph.




I observed this Wren moving about in the undergrowth and each time I drew near he flew off again and I couldn't get a clear shot.


This old rusty rake below was almost covered in brambles last Summer, but is quite visible now for the moment. 



This Robin was in the process of chasing another.


We walk by the Common Field Daisy and because its so small we hardly notice it.
If you look closer it reveals a beauty all of its own with the pink edging to the petals. 


Sallow Buds are always a welcome sight which means Easter is approaching.



The Dunnock is very active now chasing after females and quite often flapping its wings in some kind of courtship action.


Colt's-foot peeking through the dead grass is another early arrival.


Some of the tracks (as below) have been improved by laying stone where there was surface water or mud previously. To the right and left of this image there will shortly be a mass of Wood Anemone and subsequently Bluebells.




26 comments:

  1. Lovely to see spring has come to where you live. Loved the shots of the single tree, the Pussy Willow buds and great you captured the Robin and Wren in their search for love. A lovely place to have a walk.

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  2. Roy, it looks like everything down in them there woods is beginning to stir from it's slumber and is readying itself to put on another glorious show for us?...I can't wait...[;o)

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    1. Yes its starting to look up Trevor.

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  3. Wonderful; makes me feel like it's late April or early May here! Coltsfoot is about our first wildflower, and we've got Primrose in the garden.

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  4. We've had primroses out for a little while here now, and all winter in my mother's garden

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    1. Yes the wild ones appear to be a little behind the garden ones Simon.

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  5. Hi Roy
    De très jolies fleurs, de belles rencontres d'oiseaux et un chemin qui appelle à rêver !
    Merci
    Bises

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    1. Merci Nathalie.
      Rêvant chemins, que ce est agréable.
      bisous

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  6. When we look close there are spring things to find, but looking over the land it still looks very bleached and barren. The Primroses look lovely and still have to record my first Lesser Celandine at the park.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Amanda, yes its a bit sparse as yet and this cold spell isn't helping.

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  7. isn't it LOVELY to see the spring flowers

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  8. Hey Roy.... I am sitting here watching it snow like crazy, and I would lying if I didn't say I am somewhat envious,well a lot envious.
    The flowers are just beautiful especially the field daisy. Wonderful shot's of what your seeing there now!
    The rusty rake sure has character.

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG. Yes I am sorry about the snow and everything.
      You must be having a rough time over there still.

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  9. What a wonderful walk you had. I didn't find any wild flowers yesterday, but I found hellebores and snowdrops in the park.

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    1. Thanks Gunilla. I think our snowdrops are nearly over now.

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  10. A lovely walk with you Roy, how nice to your surroundings!
    To photograph the wren easily, try my system next winter, it works to perfection!!
    It is truly a wonder to observe it intimately.
    I also enjoy hearing the pecker's intimidation drummings and the loud bird songs, the woods seem so alive already!
    Enjoy your week, keep well!

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    1. Thanks Noushka, I will check that out.

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  11. Lovely photos Roy.. I love Spring :o)

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  12. So nice to see spring photos! The flowers and plants look so good. Looks like a great day for a walk outside. Can't wait until we green up more. I'm so ready for it and winter has been so long and depressing this year.

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    1. Thanks Mary, yes I have read about you're awful Winter.

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