There's usually plenty of interesting wildlife on show, and in the woodland itself an array of spring plants were beginning to flower. Wood Sorrel, Barren Strawberry and Wood Anemone were looking splendid, but by far the most welcome sight of the day was the first flowering Bluebell of the spring.
With clear skies and warm temperatures it seemed like only a matter of time before a migrating Osprey or displaying Goshawk flew into view. Agonising news soon appeared at the same time on Twitter of an Osprey passing nearby Leith Hill, but it wasn't to be and the hoped for raptor never materialised over our vantage point.
I'm starting to believe that Ospreys have some kind of deep-set grudge against me - I missed two birds in the space of an hour at Grimley last spring, and then went on to miss a further two birds on Skokholm last summer; the first flew over the island whilst I was napping after a shattering morning searching for migrants, and the second had the cheek to fly over my head whilst I was eating a sandwich and chatting to guests in the observatory kitchen!
|Barren Strawberry in flower|
|Ctenidium molluscum (?)|
|Nemapogon clematella larval feeding signs on Hazel bark fungus|