At last … Spring’s sprung!

I’ve not actually been doing Nature Notes this year ( after all, one year can be much like the last in nature-watching) but over the weekend I really felt Spring had Sprung!

Friday was the first day the new kids went out on the grass and I wished I had my camera with me as they bounced and sprung all over the place – kicking up their heels so high they threatened to flip right over. A video of that would have been good!

It feels like the garden flowers have all started blooming at once, the large sweep of daffodils in the orchard have at last burst into bloom, and everywhere there are large clumps of primroses, celendines and, if you look in the right places, violets. And our first Swallow has returned …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday I went to the beach for the first time this year, along with two of my sons and their girlfriends (down from London for the weekend).  A few hardy people went in the sea swimming (sans wetsuits) others, with wet-suits on, were surfing, the sun was bright (though the wind a little chill) and the dog had a whale of a time. She appropriated a hole, dug previously, as her ‘nest’, enlarged it a bit to fit and spent time retrieving cuttle-fish bones ( of which there were many on the beach, and take them back to her den.

 

 

 

 

Finally,  just for a bit of fun… the dog kept scooting the sand back when she was digging her nest out more …  it looked a little like she was doing a moon walk .. only 7 seconds – but enjoy:)

What makes you feel like Spring has sprung?

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6 thoughts on “At last … Spring’s sprung!

  1. Swimming at this time in England sounds brave beyond belief, even in the West Country. I love, love primroses. They were my favorite flower, wild or garden, when I lived in England. Over here, in Delaware, I pick out the very pale yellow garden variety when I see them for sale and if I am lucky they have the true scent–most of the varied colorful garden ones do not.

    Spring is beginning to arrive here after a ferociously cold Winter which had very little snow–dangerous, as this can wipe out shrubs and even trees if there is no snow cover.

    Our wild violets are flowering in the back and daffodils are finished. The trees are still bare except for a huge ring bark flowering cherry we have which is in full blossom surrounded by bare maples = most odd.

    Spring begins for me with nesting birds and we have plenty, including woodpeckers, cardinals, blue jays, mocking birds and wrens. As usual the cardinal pair and the mocking birds are nesting right outside our breakfast room side window and building too closely to each other–also as usual. This means that for weeks now they will be hurling abuse at each other which delights our cats who sit indoors by the window their teeth chattering with concentration.

    • Hi Erika,
      Our winter was just so WET .. everything is behind hand… and each day that brings some sun seems to boost the plants so much, it as if they are trying to catch up.
      I had to look up a picture of a mocking bird ( having heard the name many times – I still didn’t know what they looked like!) and the Cardinals! – wow that is a bird to have nearby to watch!
      Thank you for your spring time comments!

  2. Magnolia does it for me, I have to say.

    I have a few favourite magnolias (not my own, but ones I drive past) and it always lightens my heart to see their majesty after the cold and wet of winter.

    Love the dancing dog though it must have taken lots of patience to teach her that 🙂

    • HI Chris,
      Yes, magnolias are very uplifting! One of our neighbours has a stellata magnolia – I always think really pretty!

      HaHa, you know the Dog .. anything that is playful – she’s doing it!
      Thanks 🙂

  3. Mocking birds can be infuriating as they imitate every other bird they hear, including owls, and also cats and birds and human laughter. But they sing on moonlit nights and then I approve of them! Cardinals are gorgeous and are the popular Christmas card bird over here. Golden Orioles take some beating though with their beautiful feathers also and we have several of them around.

  4. AH! Erika .. now I’ve looked up the Golden Orioles – you are lucky to see these beautiful birds around ! Learn something new every day = happy! 🙂

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