Willow Tree Blossom and Surprises

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

I woke early today well before dawn and out I went as it was misty, this is a photo well before Sunrise followed by a dramatic sunrise looking towards Cambridge OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Later I went down to the Bason Reed bed to see the Marsh Harriers and to my surprise, flashing blue along the River Cam (Rhee) was a Kingfisher, I must go and sit for a few hours to see if its resident in the area. The Swans are still looking good on the river bank and the male Harrier was circling around the reed bed. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA At last I’ve seen a reed bunting no doubt more will turn up. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are several trees around the reed bed including, as one would expect , Willow. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The tree was alive with Honey and

Bumblebees accompanied by Peacock and Tortoise Shell butterflies, valuable nectar and source of pollen, just look at the bees pollen sacs.

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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