Friday, 3 February 2017

Spring stirs

The unfurling of a crocus is all that it takes for me to believe that an invisible line has been crossed in the progression of the seasons. Winter might still hold all of the trump cards, but Spring has peeked over the parapet and has taken a look around.

After spying that crocus, I spent an hour at Priest Hill and was delighted to hear up to four Skylarks in song and display - the first this year. This species has been otherwise sullen so far. A Common Buzzard also crossed the airspace (the first since early autumn here) and drew an escort of corvids that frantically and noisily chased it away. We have quite a marked Spring passage of this raptor, and I wouldn't mind guessing that this is an early migrant.

We may still see snow, frost and freezing cold, but the next season in line has already put a marker down.

7 comments:

  1. Just what I needed to read today! The rain and strong winds seem to have been going on forever and I'm desperate for some sign of spring. Thanks for lifting the spirits.

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    1. My pleasure! I've linked your blog over on the right there David. Beautiful photography.

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    2. Thank you. I appreciate your kind words.

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  2. Been a beautiful day here on Sheppey, sunny and mild enough for me to mow some of my lawns. It's raining now though at 5.50

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    1. We were meant to get heavy rain and strong gusts here Derek. Neither really arrived.

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  3. Only 22 posts in Jan Steve? Tsk Tsk.

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    1. I must be slipping Jono. Some geezer in Essex managed 24!!!

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