The frogs have been doing their work, with a large amount in the pond. Good, bearing in mind the disease threats to frogs.
However one must have been “caught short” because there were patches of spawn on the grass.
Despite the cold weather, or perhaps because of a compressed season, flowers seem to just about to come out all at once; primroses, wood anemones, cowslips, ladies smock, fritillaries.
I thought we had got away without any significant damage, however the chain saw will need to be in action again, when it’s back from repair. One ash tree ripped apart, and a sallow leaning. No doubt the sallow will regrow if I coppice it. The ash may regrow if I coppice that as well because the roots haven’t moved.
Been out coppicing hazel & maple today in the rain because the bluebells seem to be sprouting very early.
On the way to check on the Snowdrops in the wood, I came across a dead bird, like a wader, on the path – with no apparent cause of death. My initial thought was Woodcock, even though I’d never seen one before. Having checked in the bird book, I’m sure that is what it is.
Snowdrops are out.
We’ve been feeding the birds and have a great range; 5 species of tits and 3 of finches. Even the blackbirds and hedge sparrows manage to use the feeder. However we also have pheasants, including one female which seems to lined up nicely to be made into dinner.
We are just back from a wonderful sunny walk 7 miles walk, with a bit of snow and mud, which was frozen in places so easier going. Stopped at the Hamilton Arms, Stedham, for a lunchtime snack – very welcome.
I’ve been a bit busy, or slack, so this is the first post in a while.
A few sad sights in the woodland with quite a few young ash trees, including coppice stools, affected by and succumbing to ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea). Here’s the evidence. I hope some of the very old coppiced ash trees, which must be a few hundred years old, don’t die.
On a better note, I managed to catch a dragonfly sunbathing on an oak.