Having done a lap of the pond on Cotham Flash and flushed some small ducks high into the sky, tufties I'd say, rather than head for Hawton straightaway, I crossed the road and ran through Pykett's wood, which was thickly carpeted in orange dandelions making up for the earlier lack of hue. Peacocks and small tortoiseshells were making use of these plants, just coming into "clock" some of them, and brimstones too.
Earlier, on the Sustrans 64, I had seen my first orange tips of the year, flying at about the same speed that I was running, patrolling hedgerows as is their usual habit. Along with the clouded yellow, these seem to be the hardest butterflies to photograph I've encountered. I've at least got a couple of great pictures of brimstones! I've never shot a clouded yellow, and my orange tip pictures are rather more orange blur.
Plenty of bees about too, spikily flying flower bees, bumbles of various shades, and solitary bees of differing species.
I trust you are all seeing plenty of life as the weather warms up this week!
|Cemetery magnolia still in fine shape|
|Primrose carpet along the ditch has rarely been so thick|
|Forget me nots and other colour splashes|
|First dandelion clock|
|Cotham Flash pond|
|Oil seed rape now in full bloom|
|Dandelion carpet in Pykett's Wood|
|They've taken a rich crop of poplars by the look of things|
|The lungwort is fading, but further along that Hawton wall is thick with this stuff|
|Honey bee on currant flower|
|Hoverfly, I think, judging by the eyes|
|Pond digging in Devon Pasture|
|Under the bridge|
|Drone fly in my garden appears to be a honeybee clone|