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Signs of Spring 2016

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31 Jan 2016 10:08 #797 by Gordon
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I know it doesn't look or feel like spring, but this morning (Sunday 31st January) I heard a woodpecker drumming on Abernyte Hill. I only associate drumming with spring behaviour in woodpeckers so either I am completely mistaken or it's time to look out the deck chairs!

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04 Feb 2016 11:57 #799 by Cathy C
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Hi Gordon
Good to know that the woodpeckers are drumming. Other signs of spring that I spotted by the burn at Southfield Bridge were the snowdrops which are now in full flower. Also a solitary celandine and a couple of winter aconites which are also growing there. It is always difficult to decide when the snowdrops are in full flower for our Nature Watch record. They have certainly been showing white for more than two weeks. Hopefully this means that Spring is on the way!

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04 Feb 2016 12:11 #800 by Barry C
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It is not only the Greater Spotted woodpecker that thinks spring is near. I have heard a Green Woodpecker calling as well. In fact lots of birds are in spring mode, Great Tits are singing the 'teacher teacher', song, Hedge Sparrows are pairing up, and the Robins are singing all over the garden. To top it all, this morning (4th February) we had a Song Thrush serenading us with its varied and melodious song. For its size, the Song Thrush has one of the loudest bird calls.

There has been a female Tawny Owl calling for the last month or so.

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15 Mar 2016 17:43 #814 by Cathy C
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Tricia reports that Bumblebees have been out at Balfour Cottage, (13th -14th March). Also both the Red-tailed and Buff-tailed Bumblebee as well as Honey Bees were seen at Flawcraigs on Monday 14th March. A butterfly also put in an appearance there. but it flew off quickly and we are not sure what species it was.

In addition, bats were flying up and down the Whitehills Track on evening of 14th March. It seems that the nice sunny weather has brought quite a few tbeasts out of hibernation.

As well as many snowdrops in flower (some now going over) there were celandines blooming in good numbers along the church road on Sunday 13th March.

Cathy

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15 Mar 2016 17:43 #815 by Cathy C
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Cathy C wrote: Tricia reports that Bumblebees have been out at Balfour Cottage, (13th -14th March). Also both the Red-tailed and Buff-tailed Bumblebee as well as Honey Bees were seen at Flawcraigs on Monday 14th March. A butterfly also put in an appearance there. but it flew off quickly and we are not sure what species it was.

In addition, bats were flying up and down the Whitehills Track on evening of 14th March. It seems that the nice sunny weather has brought quite a few beasts out of hibernation.

As well as many snowdrops in flower (some now going over) there were celandines blooming in good numbers along the church road on Sunday 13th March.

Cathy

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21 Mar 2016 11:14 #817 by Cathy C
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Frogs have declared start of Spring - in Kinnaird at any rate. Elizabeth had frogspawn last Wednesday or Thursday (16th/17th March). None in our pond in Abernyte yet!

Cathy

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