An account of the wildlife I come across and hopefully pictures to bring the account closer
Friday, 24 February 2012
Friday 24th. February 2012
Most of today was spent catching up on an ever lengthening list of jobs around the house and garden . Mind you , a few points of interest did catch my attention . In the pond , Spring was
certainly in the air for these amphibians , but the female in the middle didn't look too happy about it .
With little colour around , the multi coloured Lungwort / Pulmonaria officinalis brightens things up . Another was Winter Jasmine , and it was around this that I first heard , then saw , what I originally
thought was an all black Bumblebee , with orange hairs on it's back legs . But , after a bit of time on Google , it turns out to be a female Hairy-footed Flower-bee / Anthophora plumipes , one of the earliest bees on the wing . I have a feeling that I have come across this species before . It would be nice to find the male now , he has orange hairs on the front part of his thorax . Right down the bottom of the garden was evidence of the Wood Mouse . A collection of Hazel nuts , minus the kernels . From the actual hole in the shell , it could have been a Wood Mouse or a Bank Vole , but because of
the marks on the surface of the shell , Wood Mouse was confirmed . Had it been a Bank Vole , there would not have been any shell surface marks . Of interest , had it been a Dormouse , the shell surface marks would be there , but the inside surface of the hole would have been smooth . I must admit that I had been itching to go back up onto the Greensand Ridge all day , and with most jobs finished , I managed a very quick visit , just before grey clouds came rolling in . Yesterday's male Adder was
still basking in the same place , and two other males , this being one of them were also found .