Buzzards, Lords-And-Ladies And Bright Sunshine Make For An Amazing Walk

I’m very pleased to say that Friday saw me take my first “proper” nature walk this year. Oh, of course I have been out and about and seen a few things here and then but the bad weather has generally meant these have only been short strolls. Friday 5th of March was my first serious “all dayer” of a nature walk.

The weather was with me, and the bright sunshine really made for a memorable day – especialy after all the rain and grey skies I have seen recently.

The buzzards were out in force and over the course of 4-5 hours I must have seen 8 to 10 of them circling around hunting. Unfortunately though they were too far away for my camera.

However what *wasn’t* too far away was the profusion of Lords-And-Ladies (Arum maculatum) which were just starting to peep their heads above ground. They should be ready to flower in April or May so need to get their skates on to get to the sort of size necessary. I found specimens all over but most noticeably in grassy banks in semi-shade near trees or hedgerows.

Take a look at the photos I took which really illustrate just how fresh and green the first leaves look. There seem to be signs of spring all around us now, including crocuses in full bloom.

Perfect Lords-And-Ladies Leaf
Perfect Lords-And-Ladies Leaf
Sunshine gleaning through the opaque Lords-And_Ladies leaves
Sunshine gleaning through the opaque Lords-And-Ladies leaves
Lords-And-Ladies appearing out of the ground - March 2010
Lords-And-Ladies appearing out of the ground – March 2010
Spring Crocuses

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