Coltsfoot and lesser celandine are now out properly down by the drain next to the lake, but I haven't seen any cowslips yet as has been reported by others, and there were no butterflies out today either. But more bumblebees are making their way out into the world.
The geese were sporting today. A pair were sat on London Road pond, and one of them was making the most incredible honking at another pair of geese on the far side of the lake, one of which started honking back, like two drunks conversing from one end of a crowded pub to another. I don't know whether this was some sort of breeding bravado or whether it was some sort of conversation, a friendly "Hey Keith" bellowed across the waters.
It started the ducks off, who then started chasing the ladies about, before taking to the air and circling the lake. They are such strong flyers, fast short wingbeats cutting through the air, they are one of the speediest birds you see on the wing.
They need to be I sppose, to avoid the gun...
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|And the purple|
|In the realm of the primrose|
|In close up|
|Nice little clumps on the water's edge|
|The honker, nearest the passing coot|
|Mallards race to escape the camera|
|The dazzling river|