Noticebly the rape seed flowers folded up during the rain so the fields were less colourful. Once the sun came back they reblazed with vibrant yellows and greens.
|Native Bluebells in ancient woodland|
May blossom has now replaced the buckthorn in the hedgerows heralding an amazing show of wild flowers and tree blossom, this season. After last year's dreadful weather we are having a wild flower extravaganza along the verges and woodlands far more vigorous than for several years. Bluebell and cowslips standing straight and tall in vistas of pale yellow and blue.
|Cuckoo Flower favourite of Orange Tip butterfly|
Whilst sitting under our lilac tree lamenting the loss of our baby blue tits, (watched the adults empty the nest of bodies) probably the result of the recent cold weather, I was surrounded by a charm of chinckling goldfinches young and old who had it made successfully through. The feeders are staying full as everyone seems to have moved on with their young to greener pastures for the summer.
Blue tits are not ones for having second broods like blackbirds so they will call it quits for this season.
On a much planned visit to Sefton Park where many twitchers hangout photographing obliging kingfishers. (Of course they were not there) Despite the torrential rain I was delighted by the many recently hatched birds taking their first tentative steps into the big pond of life.
|Coot nest building|
The trees have all finished flowering and are rapidly producing nuts and clusters
of seeds. The spring season for trees once started moves quickly so as to give them time to replenish their energy before closing down for the winter months.
Currently I am fortunate to be involved in a H1 Habitat Survey for the first time. Although physically demanding it has been a wonderfull learning curve in observing spring up close and personal in areas of the Wirral countryside that is mostly closed off to the public, hence the climbing of many 6 bar gates. I must add this is no mean feat for someone of my age. ( I did have to call a halt after the 7th scramble.) It certainly provided much entertainment to the fields full of bored sheep and cattle.
More to follow on this next time........................