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Waldridge Wanderings - March 2021

Waldridge today, despite the warm weather there was not a great deal in flower, but it is still March I suppose. The Cherry Plum is in full flower while unlike many bushes elsewhere, including Rainton Meadows at the weekend, the Blackthorn here is still in tight flower bud.


Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) with its reflexed sepals and long pedicals.


The little colony of Moschatel has survived and flowered despite being under water earlier when the stream flooded, but it was still breezy and I failed to get the little clock-towers in focus!

Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina)


Nearby there are some fine Willow Bracket fungi (Phellinus igniarius) on surprise surprise, Willow - Crack Willow in this case.


Willow Bracket fungi (Phellinus igniarius)


One of the Highland Cattle is a real character and ofter comes over to see me.


Cool Cattle


It was nice to see the Liverwort, Overleaf Pellia (Pellia epiphylla) with its black capsules on the white seta, though many had already exploded their spores.

Overleaf Pellia (Pellia epiphylla)


I see this Common Polypody quite frequently as I pass and thought I’d have a close look at the sori.


Common Polypody (Polypodium vulgare)


There’s not much Harts-tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium) in this area, and this mighty specimen I have watched grow over the years from quite a small plant.

Harts-tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium)


Of course I look out for birds as well and there's still 3 Redwing hanging about, the main flock having left 2 weeks ago.

Redwing


Farmland birds have decreased considerably but the fell still holds decent numbers of things like Yellowhammer and Grey Partridge.


Yellowhammer and Grey Partridge


And finally a Goldfinch against an untypical March sky,

Goldfinch


So, not much in flower but plenty of time....... after the sleet/snow that is forecast next week!



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