For a few hopeful days in March, it really felt like Spring here in Cardiff. Temperatures soared to double figures, locals donned non-waterproof jackets and we started seeing some of the first glimpses of our Spring wildlife.
Of course, we were all being very hopeful. Since that amble in the afternoon sun around Bute Park, we’ve had a second frost with snow and bitter winds. But let’s rewind a few days, in order to look forward to my favourite season – Spring!
One of my favourite surprises whilst walking along one of the main paths was spotting a Treecreeper
(Certhia familiaris) making the most of the small insects that were filling the air and landing on the trees. A small bird with a white belly and brown, bark-patterned back, topped off with a beak that was tailor made for getting bugs out of the bark off the trees it scuttles up and down on. This one was impatiently flitting from one tree to another, and was joined by another before they darted off. These little guys are fast, and tricky to photograph!
This was first time I’ve spotted one of these so I was pretty chuffed with my sighting! They’re resident to Bute Park, so Cardiffians should have a sit one day and try to spot one of these shyer locals and watch their unique behaviours.
Signs of Spring
The classic signs of spring were refreshing to see; Cardiff is full of sunny yellow daffodils this time of year. We’re immensely proud of our national flower, and it’s hard to ignore it’s cheery presence around the park. Dotted amongst the clumps of planted and wild daffs, are the more delicately and certainly more wild primroses- in full flower and already providing a feast for the resident creepy crawlies and flying buggies.
Yet more yellow came from the small star shaped flowers of the Lesser Calendine. Supposedly able to predict rainfall as they supposedly close their petals before the rain begins (yet to test this!), these joined daisies and cow parsley which were dotted amongst the trees and pathways that meander around Bute Park. A welcome change from the puddle water, sludge and snow that we’ve become so accustomed to!
And now I’m sat here waiting for this cold spell to shift so we can get stuck into Spring and all the good stuff that comes with it!