24c! Forget spring let’s go straight to summer, well for three days anyway. Today is less than half that value and next week a quarter, 5c and wintery showers forecast. Spring is a bit hit and miss at the moment. These past days have been great though, time to dust off the macro and go hiking.
It was good for butterflies. They awoke from hibernation in large numbers. Strangely, we saw more in the urban areas than the countryside. Four species noted, the most numerous being Peacocks. They were all a bit hyperactive and getting any good photos was going to be tricky, never mind plenty of time for that. It was a joy just seeing them.
During this last lockdown I’ve spent a fair bit of time in the garden ‘pond gazing’. Watching the water plants I put in for signs of growth, delighted to have the first lily pad break surface, but also looking for what might be lurking beneath the weed. Really pleased when I saw the first Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) and now there are loads of them all getting a bit frisky!
Really wanted frogs to come and breed but no joy yet. Plan B, Rose and Mick have two young cats that are pretty efficient at hunting frogs, where they come from who knows. So I have adopted a couple of recent captures which were totally unharmed. I think both were females and there has been no sign of any males so it looks like no tadpoles this year unless I can locate some spawn in the wild.