Dog’s mercury, budding, Northycote

Dog's mercury, budding, Northycote

Dog’s mercury growing in the woodland area at Northycote Farm, flower buds developing but not yet open.

Wasp on camelia flower

Wasp on camelia flower

Wasp on a camelia flower, pausing before it heads for the centre to get some pollen.

Mining bee, possibly early mining bee

Mining bee, possibly yellow-legged

Mining bee, a different species than the one featured in a post yesterday. This one many be an early mining bee.

Climbing up an oak, bracket fungi

Climbing up an oak, bracket fungi

Sequence of bracket fungi growing in a split in the bark of a large oak by the roadside at the edge of Seisdon.

Mining bee, possibly yellow-legged

Mining bee, possibly yellow-legged

Mining bee, solitary bee seen early in the season. ID’d by iNaturalist as a yellow-legged mining bee. If that’s correct, it was towards the northern edge of its range.

Coltsfoot by canal

Coltsfoot by canal

I’ve seen very few coltsfoots this year. These were flowering right at the edge of the canal between Aldersley and Oxley.

Coltsfoot by canal

Blackthorn flowers, Langley Road

Blackthorn flowers, Langley Road

Blackthorn flowers cover their bushes before the leaves begin to break. Long stretches of the hedge along Langley Road, dropping down out of town from Merry Hill, are planted with blackthorn. These were the first flowers to start to open, in a oprocess which should now be at its height.

Tiny snail on wild garlic leaves

Tiny snail on wild garlic leaves

A tiny snail in the middle of one of the leaves in the middle of a patch of wild garlic (ramsoms).

Watchful blue tits

Watching blue tits

Blue tits watchful, wary even as they flitted from branch to branch playfully.

Wild garlic, flowers just starting to bud

Wild garlic, flowers just starting to bud

Wild garlic is one of the plants of woodland d floors. In spring they grow quickly, getting their flowering season over before the leaves on the trees overhead throw the ground into permanent shade. Here the flower buds were just beginning to show on an already pungent patch of wild garlic by the canal near Aldersley Junction.

Wild garlic, flowers just starting to bud

Fur on fur – bee, pussy willow

Fur on fur - bee, pussy willow

A bee, with its body all covered in fur so that more pollen will stick to it as it goes from flower to flower. Going from catkin to catkin on a pussy willow, they too looking furred to hold the pollen they produce.

Blackthorn, budding flowers

Blackthorn, budding flowers

Blackthorn, with its long and vicious thorns, has flowers which appear before the leaves. In hawthorn the order is reversed. Here the blackthorn flowers are still tight little buds.

Blackthorn, budding flowers