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Sunday, April 6th 2014

It has been reported on the blog that ladybirds have been scarce this winter, but out on the rounds, checking all was well in the woodland, Sandra and Brian reported 16 Spot Ladybird on their usual marker posts.

16 Spot Ladybird on marker post

They also saw Seven Spot Ladybird and Eyed Ladybird, both shown below.

7 Spot and Eyed Ladybirds

Mealy (Common) Redpoll were again recorded in the back garden, feeding with the Lesser Redpolls.  Snipe are drumming over the wetland and Curlew are calling.

After the rain and dampness the Excidia recisa fungus is again starting to develop its fruiting bodies on some of the willow.  Lesser Celandine is flowering and speedwell is out near the voley ponds.  Elm is in flower along Risedale Beck.

Photographer, camera, sun and blue sky have not yet combined for a picture of the new pools.  So to date it is only grey skies and mist, but with beautiful reflections.  

New pools in the mist

Last year's Water Plantain flower stems and grasses are still making patterns with their reflections in the Scrapes ponds.

Reflections in the ponds


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