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February 2014

posted 9 Mar 2014, 06:39 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 9 Mar 2014, 07:04 ]

Spring most certainly seems to have arrived. After a horrible February, the change in weather is most welcome. The Green is starting to dry out, although you still need your wellies in certain parts and there are still some pools of standing water! The snowdrops have been lovely this year, and whilst there are only a few clumps on the edge of the Green, Bob Russon took this close up photo of some in Leomansley woods. I always marvel at the detail on the flowers. The bluebells are also starting to push through in Leomansley woods and hopefully they will put on a good display later on. There is going to be another walk of Leomansley and Pipe Green led by Kate Gomez of Lichfield Lore (and more recently Lichfield Discovered). It is going to be at the  end of April and I can definitely recommend going.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group
little grebe

On the bird front, there is mixed news. After a promising start with the barn owls, they have not been seen in the nest box since the February storms - see 8th February entry on Wildlife Kate's blog . This is very disappointing, as they were becoming regular visitors to the box. Hopefully they are still around and who knows, they may still reappear! Fortunately, some of the other birds, seem to be faring quite well. The pair of little grebes are still on Leomansley ponds and so it is quite likely that they will breed this year, which is very exciting. Here you can see the little grebe starting to come into breeding plumage.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group

A slightly different view of the Green is from the line of alders running by the brook just above the football fields. This time of year they have a lovely purple canopy and the grey trunks take on a warm tinge in the spring sunshine. Alders grow very well in boggy areas and there are many mature specimens along Leomansley brook. The birds love their seeds and if you stop for a minute and look carefully at the trees, you may be suprised at how many birds you can see in the trees. I also saw a patch of celandine flowering on the Green yesterday - spring is definitely here!