The snowdrops are all up and blooming beautifully, and now we can definitely say that spring is on the way. They looked spectacular today in the bright sunlight.
And the snowdrops are not alone, there are also crocuses starting to bloom already.
These are just the first true flowers of spring, and as the landscape begins to stir back to life there are later spring flowers already preparing for their blooming – here is a tuft of bluebells risen from an ancient lawn:
Finally, these photos do convey the look of spring, but if you want to hear it, especially bird calls, then you need audio, or, even better, video with audio. Here’s one I made today:
This year our spring is really dragging its heels, but that’s what makes it so special. Beautiful flowers, such as the Bluebells, which normally flower for a brief and spectacular few days in late April and early May, are still blooming away right now. And there seems to be more of them than usual. You can tell them apart from the interloping garden escapee, the Spanish Bluebell, by their subtle and pleasant fragrance, which the Spanish Bluebell lacks.
This year everything is slow to come, and slow to go, so maybe it gives us more time to enjoy it all. There is certainly a dearth of moths and butterflies, but still some significant ones are around. Of the moths, keep your eyes open for the Angles Shades, which resembles dry leaves, but has a tendency to perch on walls and fences, where it does stick out, once you realise it is a moth, not leaves.
Also look out for the Shoulder-stripe, a moth which is camouflaged to look like Turkey-tail fungus and which tends to come to the lights in windows, where it can be found at rest during the day.
The Shoulder-stripe looks very like bark fungus. This one is just one of two variations of this moth.
During the spring there are, of course, many bird species to see. Many of these birds are insect hunters and it is mostly to fool these creatures that moths need their terrific camouflage.