Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 1, 2009

Highcliffe Farm

It’s late spring and the trees hang with blossom!

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The clover has flowered…

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the smell of wild garlic fills the air

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and this years lambs have been born!

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On the moorland behind  Highcliffe Farm, we can hear some of the birds seen earlier in the month, namely Curlew, Snipe, Red Grouse and Pheasant, but they keep themselves well hidden.  High in the sky, skylarks sing their exultation, but they are too far away to be seen.  The Golden Plover seem to have dispersed even further into the Moor and their presence is missed.  But we do see plenty of Lapwings, on the ground (nesting)

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and displaying in the air.

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Their plaintive cries carry across the Moor,  haunting those who hear it.  However, all that flying and calling must be hungry work and so they land and feed.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Meanwhile, back at Cafe Twitch, spring has brought out the live bait, which tempts a Song Thrush to feed.

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Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

The lawn is decorated with Dandelions.  At this time of year, they also cover the roadside grassy embankments in a carpet of yellow.

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Responses

  1. Que le printemps soit beau et fleuri


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