A second consecutive day of blue sky was a bit unexpected: the forecast was cloudy with showers! I think I remember that in the olden days (pre-warming) we could rely on weather forecasts for about a week ahead. Nowadays, it seems they can't even get it right for the next 24 hours. I rather suspect the computer models that they use to make forecasts no longer work now that we have warming.
Still, making hay.....
I went down to the local river, where Wild Garlic and Bluebells make the first appearance. A few heads of garlic were in evidence:
|Flowers of Wild Garlic - Allium ursinum|
And a single Bluebell plant had started to open:
|Bluebell flowers just opening|
|The hoverfly Melanostoma scalare (male)|
Syrphus hoverfly species are a little bit earlier this year:
|Syrphus sp. hoverfly (female)|
There were a great many craneflies in the air. This female (long, pointed abdomen) stopped long enough for a shot:
The larvae of craneflies are the 'leatherjackets' that eat the roots of grasses and make empty patches on lawns.
As I'm writing this, we appear to be heading for a third consecutive day of blue sky, so I'm off out again.