Monday 13 February 2023

First Signs of Spring in North Merchiston Cemetery

 We had a lovely lunchtime walk through North Merchiston Cemetery today. The snowdrops look magnificent at the moment.

and a few crocuses are already in bloom (with more to appear soon) 

We saw our first hoverfly of the year, a Banded Hoverfly (Syrphus sp)

while some ladybirds are still hibernating on gravestones, including this Two Spot Ladybird, sitting next to a sheidlbug larva (I think it's the larva of a Red Legged Shieldbug, but if you know otherwise, please feel free to let me know in the comments). 

Over the past week or so, we've been treated to the sight of hundreds of starlings gathering in murmurations at dusk! Just above the roofs of our street! It's amazing to see this, particularly as in previous years we would only see about 30 of these birds at this time of year. 

For Nature Notes.


Lydia C. Lee said...

Gorgeous flowers - I like the close up of the insects tho - nice work! #NaturesNotes

Rambling Woods said...

The geese are here arguing loudly.....but we have more winter to go....

Lowcarb team member said...

How lovely to see those snowdrops in bloom.

All the best Jan