Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Bluebells and birdsong...



A short film taken on my phone of the blue-bells and birdsong. You may need to turn on your sound for this...


video
Music: The Mercury Tale by Jessica Yip


The blue-bells are spectacular this year and the smell is to be believed!













The spring greens look wonderful too...




And a large fungi that I spotted on a recent visit...


Monday, 27 March 2017

Blackthorn, bluebells and buzzards...


Another spring is making its presence felt in Comfort's Wood and Monday 27th of March 2017 turned out to be blessed with cloudless blue skies and warm temperatures. Time to dust off the camera and see what can be discovered on this one particular early spring day...

The surviving ash trees are flowering now



The blackthorn is looking great too

The first beeflies of the year are enjoying the wood anemonies



And there are plenty of them this year. It really does look stunning in the woods right now...










They are also attracting other insects to nectar...

This is a tiny hoverfly
The bluebells are about to burst into bloom




The primroses are already in full flower

For a lot of the time I spent walking around the woods today, I could hear the constant calling of buzzards from high above. This won't be of interest to you but I only had the macro lens on this day. The macro is for real close-up work and so there was no way I would be able to get even a half decent photograph of the buzzards who were a good 200 feet above me. Even so, I wanted to record the fact that they were there and so pointed the camera skywards and hoped. This was the result. Not good but at least I have a record of them being there to share...






I couldn't resist trying to snatch a picture of this robin either...




Back on the ground, I spotted this fungi along one of the rides...





There are plenty of celandine in flower too

A comma butterfly sunning itself
Cuckoo-flower

The cuckoo-flower seems sparse this year compared to others, but even so, there is enough to attract one of my favourite springtime butterflies...

An orange-tip butterfly (male)


It also attracted this large white butterfly
Little violets are flowering right now


The hazel is just starting to come into leaf and quite a few insects seem to find it attractive...


I shall be expecting to see the delightful, red leaf-roller weevils any day now. Meantime, and I think this was my favourite find of the day by a country mile; I discovered this bright blue weevil...

A Blue Weevil (Byctiscus betulae)

And that is about all. Not bad for a couple of hours wandering the woods...