Still, poor form or not, I love being about at this time of the year, you get to see the evolution of spring happen virtually by the day. Today it was the appearance of lesser celandine in decent amounts down by London Road Lake, next up will be the first flowering daffodil, the appearance of bluebells, and then the real spring signifier, the sight of brimstone butterflies on the wing.
Today's run involved a slog through the mud of Clay Lane, and up the hill to Beacon Hill Park. I had the great pleasure of a pretty close up view of a pair of bullfinches at the beginning of the lane; for some reason, I see bullfinch here more often than anywhere else in town. Beautiful, stocky little birds.
Keeping up the theme of exploration, I found a new path to explore through a copse next to the nursery in the reserve. Soon, buzzard will make their home in the high tree tops, and soar on the first warm spring thermals, and butterflies will make their homes in the long grasses.
Back to the brimstones. I wonder what date I'll see my first one? 10p on March 16th?
|Clay Lane. Mud.|
|To Beacon Hill. More mud.|
|More mud on the steep climb up to the housing estate.|
|The wonderful view of Baldeton and beyond to Claypole|
|Natural bridge, Beacon Hill Park|
|The path through the wood|
|Sun over the nursery|
|Snowdrop dell, Beacon Hill Park exit|