Cock Pheasant Displaying

Signs of Spring

In such a mild winter as this, seeing signs of spring pulls us in two ways.   There is a relief to feel that this dull wet winter may be coming to its end, but a concern too that we’ve barely had winter at all.  For those creatures who are starting to court and nest, or come into bud, or emerge from what has been a patchy hibernation, there is the concern that there may be a freeze still to come.

The snowdrops now coming into flower at Sun Rising must lift the spirits though, for whatever nature throws in terms of harsh cold weather now, these little creatures will be just fine.  There are primroses in flower too, and the native wild ones have their own natural antifreeze which means they will survive.   I’m not so sure about the occasional cowslip that has started flowering …

The birds are more of a concern too, and I am glad of the very cold days hoping that they will dissuade the great tits, and others that tend to nest early, even though that cold is biting into my own bones.  In gardens, where it is generally warmer, you may well be seeing pigeons cooing at each other, and the little tits and finches bright in their courting colours.  At Sun Rising the temperature is lower, but we are still seeing a few birds mistaking this for March.  A couple of pheasants at Sun Rising today were courting: the hen doesn’t seem that impressed with the cock’s display in this photo.

Cock Pheasant Displaying

Cock Pheasant Displaying