As promised, how is the phenology looking against a backdrop of a very wet but reasonably mild Winter. One notable thing for me were the number of Thunder days, four in total, all of which occurred before the 16th January. This is quite exceptional under any circumstances and as a consequence there is a notable shift towards earlier day numbers.
1st Thunder day (locally) in date order as of 2014
2nd Thunder day (locally) in date order as of 2014
3rd Thunder day (locally) in date order as of 2014
4th Thunder day (locally) in date order as of 2014
Now onto the flowering plant and shrub species. The flowering plant species witnessed for the first time in Winter were Woodland Snowdrop, Winter Aconite, Daffodil (cultivated type), Primrose and Lesser Celandine. The flowering shrub species were the Hazel with its catkins and the Blackthorn in blossom.
First flowering Woodland Snowdrop (locally) in date order as of 2014
First flowering Winter Aconite (locally) in date order as of 2014
First flowering Daffodil cultivar (locally) as of 2014
First flowering Primrose (locally) as of 2014
First flowering Lesser Celandine (locally) in date order as of 2014
First flowering Hazel (locally) as of 2014
First flowering Blackthorn (locally) as of 2014
Several of the above events are generally regarded as not suitable for accurate phenological tracking by certain well-known naturalists, can you guess which ones?
Two insect species were seen on the wing for the first time before the end of February and these were the first Bumblebee, presumably of the genus bombus terrestris as well as Brimstone butterfly. Below are the respective day numbers and rolling averages over a succession of years for those seasonal treats.
Bumblebee (locally) as of 2014
Brimstone butterfly (locally) as of 2014
There were some other bird related sightings occurring for the first time this year, some of which will be apparent when looking at MY NATURAL EVENTS CALENDAR. I hope to blog about these over at ukbirdingtimeline soon, in the meanwhile, I will leave you to ponder any determinable trends in the data alongside some images of the above phenomena.
Hazel catkins flowering
Click on the following underlined links in the blue text for other folk’s images of Primrose and Lesser Celandine in this previous posting.
Best Wishes and more updates soon
*the warmer start to March has accelerated some events yet further, keep watch on the events calendar for updates
Posted by: Tony William Powellon and