These catkins are now fully out.
Yesterday’s hedge sparrow wasn’t a sparrow. And now a dead nettle which isn’t actually a nettle. It gets its name because the plants look very similar to nettles, and they are dead, i.e. harmless, lacking any sting.
A dunnock, a.k.a. hedge sparrow.They look like slightly smaller versions of house sparrows, but are not closely related.
The upper surface of this fungus is folded so looks with a little imagination like a copy of a human ear moulded in brownish jelly.
It used to be known as the Jew’s ear fungus. It commonly grows from the trunk or branches of an elder tree. According to tradition this was also the tree from which Judas Iscariot hung himself.
The specimen below is about as close as it gets to actually resembling an ear.
This quietly beautiful woodland flower is yet another sign that spring really is finally coming.
A kestrel perching as it scans a field for prey.
This rusty-coloured lighen was growing on the trunk of an apple tree. The greenish blobs on it are moss.
As the weather warms up, more insects become visible.
Yet another sign of spring at last.
This fungus looks for all the world like a tuft of black hair.
It seems to be a fungus which goes under the the proper name of Phycomyces nitens, and grows on dung.
A starling hanging from a bird feeder, and showing a little of the multi-coloured splendour that the normally black portions of its plumage can take on in the right light.
These house spiders are normally seen in late summer and autumn, when the males go off in search of females, fall into a bath or sink, and are unable to get out unaided.
This one managed to get itself into the same difficulty in March.