The project that brought a temporary halt to my efforts on this
site is now under control, (See Post titled 'A Diversification !)
Today I managed to get out and see how spring is progressing,
on the day the clocks go forward; and what a fantastic day it was.
I had a walk around the perimeter of Maxy House Farm, and
found it to be particularly quiet as far as bird life is concerned.
I was hoping that the Lapwings may have returned, but unlike
the ones down at Brockholes Wetland, where I saw them back on
territory yesterday, there was no sign of them.
A Common Buzzard was over the farm fields being harried
by a lone Carrion Crow, while several Rooks were feeding in
neighbouring fields, which are still very soft, and just the way
they like them!
In fact there were more butterflies than birds today - bit of an
exaggeration, but it seemed that way.
A few Peacock butterflies (above) were seen today,
but only one Small Tortoiseshell (below)
Niether photo was taken today.
Lesser Celandines can be quite spectacular, particularly when
they are massed in woodland, or as they were today, on the
banks of several of the ditches.
Flowers don't come much whiter than those of the Blackthorn,
and there were many, just cominginto bloom in some of the
hedges on the farm. They really make it feel like spring is here.
I'll get round the Cottam ponds in a day or two, and track
their progress throughout the spring and summer.
Posted by: Steve Halliwell