Spring peak has arrived and Summer is just around the corner too, as the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, the trees are leafing and this blog is...... well desperate for content if truth be told. Fear not, anybody who knows me will realise that I am still active over on Facebook and I haven't … Continue reading It has been a while……………
Looking back at January 2013, were my local climatic conditions much different to that of 2012? Firstly, in the United Kingdom, 2012 began as "the year of the drought" * with recorded precipitation totalling 32.8mm in my neck of the woods. By comparison, January this time around looked like this. In total, we received 61.6mm, which is still below … Continue reading January catch up
Here are my latest offerings from my Phenological sightings. I first witnessed a Pendunculate Oak (Quercus robur) in budburst on the 3rd April. This matches quite closely to last year's date of 7th April but is well ahead of 2010's date of 24th April. The average date on which this bud bursting happens is 14th April, based … Continue reading Early April offerings from nature
The birds have been most vocal in recent days on my local patch and in the nearby countryside. To break down the detail, let us look at the birds that have been singing more or less every day since the autumn. Great Tit (Parus major) has been a joy to hear with its "tit-su, tit-su, … Continue reading The Birds, they are a-singing
I'm sure most folk are aware of the poem by Thomas Hood in 1844, but is November a month of nothingness? No sun - no moon! No morn - no noon - No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any … Continue reading Is November the month of nothingness?