On Scout Scar, ravens patrol the escarpment. Green woodpecker and great spotted are calling. The first blackthorn flowers appear in a hue of deep cream. Not on the prostrate blackthorn up on the limestone clitter, but a shrub in a more sheltered spot where suckering blackthorn clusters about it. Stamens and anthers show forth, almost before the petals of the corolla are opened. It is humid and so warm but what pollinators will be on the wing on this late February day? Can synchronicity respond to a changing climate? This blackthorn is always the first to flower on Scout Scar and I have heard the buzz of pollinating insects busy about the flowers. But today is silent.
Next morning, skylark are singing over Scout Scar. Their return marks the coming of spring.