Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Friday, 23 May 2008

Woodland rambles

Over the past couple of days after work I have spent a bit of time in the woods around Morpeth. In Chapel woods there are numerous Spotted flycatchers and young Treecreepers clinging on to low branches waiting to be fed. I also saw a day flying Tawny owl in here on wednesday. Many woodland flowers out including Wood speedwell, Bugle and Bitter vetchling. I photographed the above Comma in Chapel woods sitting on Butterbur leaves. It doesn't seem that long ago when I 'twitched' my first Comma at Widdrington. They are common in the county now. I have also included another picture of solomons seal this time in the borough woods and growing nearby a Scottish and Northern England speciality Wood cranesbill. The picture of Common twayblade was also taken in Borough woods, this is the only time I have seen this plant away from the dunes at Druridge bay even though it is found in woods and grassy places in most parts of the county. The flowers are not fully open yet. The bottom picture is my better half and Bennyboy at Mitford castle.


Blyth Birder said...

I do like the woodland areas you frequent.

We make several visits to these woods - we hardly ever see another human, and there's plenty of great birds......bliss.

John Young said...

Hi There, down in Kent our common twayblades have been out now for over well over a week. Spring just goes by so fast. Cheers, John

abbey meadows said...

Thanks bb and jy. Having these places to yourself is great but you have to work harder to find the things you like to share. jy we had the sunshine today but my latest post suggests the temperature is still winter. Everything up here is a few weeks behind, I even came across fresh looking Coltsfoot today!