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Title: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Ballogieweather on April 25, 2009, 01:37:52 PM
I don't know about you, but I bet there are plenty, who like me are forever looking out for our own 'signs of the seasons'.

Thinking of this today, when I noticed the return of two pairs of Swallows darting around the steading looking for their nesting spots; how I note down things like; the first Daffodil for spring and the first snow for Winter, of course there are many others, and it made me wonder what other folk look out for!

Are we really obsessed with the weather?

I've even taken to recording the amount of nuts taken by the birds each week from the feeder to see how it relates to the local conditions!

Yes I think I am (obsessed, that is) but what a great hobby............


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Budgie on April 25, 2009, 05:49:43 PM
I've not been recording them but what I've noticed so far:

Blackbirds nesting in our garden.
Geese flying in from the SE in their large arrows that they form in the sky.
Redwings have been & gone already.
And best of all, it's light in the evenings again!!  ;D


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: skyewright on April 25, 2009, 08:36:05 PM
Thinking of this today, when I noticed the return of two pairs of Swallows
I thought I saw a Swallow a couple of days ago.
I know I saw one about an hour ago.  ;D ;D
This afternoon I heard a Grasshopper Warbler.
Yesterday my wife spotted aWheatear.

Around 2 weeks ago we spotted a Peacock butterfly out of hibernation (they only first started to appear here a couple of years ago). Today I noticed some eggs on a nettle leaf.

The pollarded willow windbreak is starting to get into its stride with new growth - and so is the grass (and the bracken)!

And as Martin mentions it's 2136 and not quite dark.  ;D



Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: munrobaggins on April 26, 2009, 09:18:26 AM
Plenty of signs of spring over here too.....rapidly apppearing leaves on the trees....1st swallow on the 24th...Ospreys a plenty.....geese still around though..

I heard a rumour the other day that Summer for Scotland will be on a TUESDAY this year.... ;D


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Ballogieweather on April 28, 2009, 05:38:17 AM
I just have to add (as it seems to be causing quite a bit of interest around here) that the blooms of almost every new flower seem to be spectacular this year from the early Crocus through now to the Cherry trees, even the woodland flowers appear to be more vibrant (or maybe just more prolific).

Is it just a local thing or has anyone else any comments?


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: skyewright on April 28, 2009, 08:25:36 AM
Is it just a local thing or has anyone else any comments?
I don't think I've seen the Blackthorn blossom so well since we moved here (15 years ago). Usually it comes into blossom one morning (making the hillside look as though it has a light fall of snow) then gets blasted within a day or two. This year it had a whole week of good weather, gradually building up blossom density throughout, and is still clinging on after 2 weeks or so.

I recall being told that this, and some in Dunvegan, are supposed to be some of the most northerly Blackthorn in the country? The ones here rarely manage to ripen (or even set) fruit, i.e. if we spot half a dozen sloes along a couple hundred metres of roadside bushes it's a 'good year' - but they are very hard to spot, especially when green.


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: munrobaggins on April 30, 2009, 08:05:58 AM
Interesting comment on the blossoms....Yes, I too had been discussing the same, as the cherry blossom on one particular tree in our garden being really spectacular this year....normally, this particular tree has just a few isolated flowers, but this time it is covered with them.

I recently drove up from Glasgow via the A82 to Inverness and then home: the Blackthorn blossom was particularly noticeable en-route and at the time I thought that it was somewhat unusual to see so much.


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Shetland Coastie on August 02, 2009, 07:42:09 PM
Just to cheer everyone up - autumn isn't far away now! Already losing daylight rapidly up here and starting to get a night chill in the air.


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Tugmistress on August 02, 2009, 08:10:04 PM
Cheers bob!

btw is your housie just a little way off the main road? i spotted a windy thing on a housie a couple of weeks ago traversing that main road ;)


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: skyewright on August 02, 2009, 08:40:44 PM
Just to cheer everyone up - autumn isn't far away now!
The Montbretia (or Crocosmia, as I think we are supposed to call it now) is just starting to flower here.


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: munrobaggins on August 03, 2009, 11:52:13 AM
Same over here with the Monbretia....It seems to be about 3-4 weeks earlier this year, than is the norm......ooooher



Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Tugmistress on August 03, 2009, 04:32:58 PM
oi you two .... speak english, i don't understand horticultural lol


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: skyewright on August 03, 2009, 08:44:37 PM
oi you two .... speak english, i don't understand horticultural lol
A lily style plant with  orange/red flowers. Originally South African, but seems to really like it here and has 'escaped' from gardens in quite a few places.

Usually by the time it comes into flower autumn is just around the corner.

For more, including pictures, see: http://www.english-country-garden.com/flowers/montbretia.htm (http://www.english-country-garden.com/flowers/montbretia.htm)


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Tugmistress on August 03, 2009, 09:06:03 PM
thank you :D

i recognise that! there's some around here too on verges :)


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Ballogieweather on August 04, 2009, 05:41:38 AM
Been noticing early signs here as well, and yes those recent cool winds do make it feel less like summer, I'm still sticking with more snow this winter than last!

Thanks Bob for your observation in Shetland, we are coming up there in September by which time, at this rate you could be into Winter.

Any idea's what we can expect, it is our first visit to the Islands.



Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Shetland Coastie on August 04, 2009, 08:14:59 PM
Cheers bob!

btw is your housie just a little way off the main road? i spotted a windy thing on a housie a couple of weeks ago traversing that main road ;)

Well its about half way down the hill off the road. The last of 6 cream coloured semidetached as you head towards Sumburgh. My anemometer pole is actually attached to a fence dont know if you can see it from the road though.


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: skyewright on August 04, 2009, 08:54:57 PM
Usually by the time it comes into flower autumn is just around the corner.
And today I saw some bracken starting to turn and some toadstools!


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Budgie on August 04, 2009, 09:11:06 PM
I'll be coming up to Shetland on the 11th for the AMB meeting on the 12th, Bob. You on watch around then?


Title: Re: Signs of the seasons
Post by: Shetland Coastie on September 28, 2009, 11:51:16 AM
Hi Martin

Only just read this lol. No I wasn't around in any case I was down at the school doing my CSOC (which I passed thankfully!).

Hi all

Turned decidedly more chilly up here in the last few days and the heating is on. Top temp today is just 11C and its falling again. Fairly strong WNW airflow, very autumnal. Also the ground is going to sleep, did what will probably be my last cut of the grass last week.