Saturday 5th April
Following a warm spell it is definately back to winter this weekend. The woods were quiet this morning except for the hardy Nuthatches. On Thursday 3rd April I went to Bothal pond to hopefully join in the great Pipit debate however, despite a thorough search it was nowhere to be found. The two Little ringed plovers were still there. Fourteen Whooper swans were at Longhirst flash and two Glaucous gulls together at Linton pond. As you can see by the photo I can safely say I am not trying to compete with the professionals. On a different note and much closer to the meadows I thought I would add this photo of Common field Woodrush (Luzula campestris). I believe grasses get a bad press and are well down in the pecking order in any wildlife magazine to the extent that they rarely make an appearance. These delightful low growing plants are common and widespread but are easily overlooked. I took this photo on my lawn.