Spring migrants arrive and I’m all ears. The essential rhythms of spring, Nature as we know and love her. I cannot find the cuckoo but redstart are back, in tentative song.
On Saturday, intermittent showers all day. Mud poached by the Welsh Black cattle had baked hard, now rain gives a superficial softness. The air is saturated with moisture, like a sauna.
Thanks to a Natural England botanist friend for ID on Gynosporangium clavariiforme
Season Songs in April, somewhere high in the canopy a wood warbler is singing loudly. Like a sixpence spinning on a marble slab. I search fresh oak leaves in the tree- tops but he blends in perfectly. A brimstone butterfly flits through the glade, a small bird darts low and attempts to snatch a butterfly. There are male orange-tip butterflies but they will not settle, fluttering rapid-winged over flowers of garlic mustard and off into the bramble. I spend an hour watching male orange-tip butterflies and I ponder why they come close but do not settle.
The mis-match of what I saw and heard and what I can show is amusing-frustrating. So, orange-tip butterflies from 8 May 2017, As Bottom the weaver says in Midsummer Night's Dream
The eye of
man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen
man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive,
nor his heart to report, what my dream was.
Nick Bottom, who melds the rustic with the sublime. Like my idyllic wood warblers high in the canopy whilst the patch of garlic mustard flowers is where all the local dogs frequent!