Thursday, 29 March 2012

First, Early Spring Visit to Some of our Ponds.

I had a look round some of the ponds today. It was a bit cooler than
the last few days have been, but very pleasant nevertheless
The bridle-path off Valentines Lane is
beginning to green up.
Several of the ponds have their resident Waterhens present,
like this one east of Valentine's Lane, near the canal.

The flowers on the Ash trees are in abundance this year, but not on every tree.
Once the leaves start to appear I'll be paying particular attention -
"ASH before OAK, we're in for a soak,
OAK before ASH, nowt but a splash"

The newly created pond just east of Valentine's Lane is still surrounded by
bare soil. I do hope that in addition to the grass seed that's been put down,
there will be plenty of wildflower meadow seeds among it.

Marsh Marigolds always create a splash of early spring colour.

 A smaller group of marigold flowers.
The Marsh Marigold is also known as KING CUP.
Here's a single flower head.

 The Reedmace is now going to seed, and the fluffy seeds can
be seen all over the grass downwind from where they commenced.
You can almost see the seeds struggling to escape.



Some little boy isn't going to be Mr. Happy at the moment!
If anyone reading knows who's it is, it was hanging on the railing in
Greenside, not far from the big pond by the roundabout.

Men's afternoon off!



A pair of Coot are nesting on the Haydock Lane pond.
They're awfully close to the viewing platform, so approach it with care.
THIS BIRD IS WEARING A RING THAT WAS PUT ON THE 22.11.2011
AT CROMPTON LODGES, near FARNWORTH, GTR. MANCHESTER.
It is part of a local study being conducted by a group of local bird-ringers,
who are carrying out an in-depth study of the species.
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Posted by: Steve Halliwell

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