Friday, April 08, 2016
Enough midday sun to warm the shoulders and a feeling of freshness, almost of joy in the air that can only be experienced in spring. The birds and animals feel it too. A great spotted woodpecker was drumming noisily, a hollow ‘ratatatat', a few metres away in Churchland Wood. A couple of dock bugs, Coreus marginatus, (see left) were skittering about in the meadow area on the south side of Emthree; a bee fly made a sortie across the Square and the oak tree over the hedge has suddenly burst into leaf. This new growth is a striking mustard yellow colour and only lasts a few days before the green creeps in. The small Emthree oak has expanding buds, but not as advanced, though the larger tree may well be its parent.