We’re still sitting on the edge of spring here. Everything wants to burst into flower or leaf….but the nights are still a wee bit cold and are slowing everything up. But the hawthorns and elder bushes have come into leaf and we saw the first rowan just starting to burst in a sheltered spot too.
It’s been a week of comings and goings. This is the first week for, ooooh, nearly two months, we haven’t seen whooper swans….so I guess most of them are north of here by now. But we did have our first swallow of the year, on the 5th of April.
Like everywhere else, we’ve had our share of April showers this week. The low sun very first thing has highlighted all the spider webs after the rain.
The adders haven’t been appreciating the cold nights or the showers. We’ve yet to see a female adder and there’s no signs of any shed males- yet! But even more of the adders are showing the cloudy eye they get not long before they do shed their skin.
We haven’t managed to spot an osprey this week (although a buzzard soaring over the loch was briefly the cause of some excitement) but a chiffchaff near the junction of the main road was shouting his head off….and was spot-able at the top of a bare birch tree.
The sun has brought the celandines on a fair bit. They aren’t looking so reluctant to bloom now and are starting to make a nice show near New Kinord.
We also saw our first violet and primroses of the year this week. The primroses have been out on the coast for a week or two by now….but things often take a bit longer to get going inland.
It’s definitely been a week of “firsts” for the year, so, if you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled. This week brought us our first butterfly as well- a peacock, basking on the wall near the adders. It’d better watch out…adders, especially young ones, will eat insects!