Dolerw 10th April

First day for weeks not accompanied by the bitter east wind. Although it’s very grey and overcast, this morning’s walk was highlighted in yellow. A bumblebee backed off the mahonia and I cheered because I’ve seen so few bees of any kind in this delayed spring.

The pussy willows at the bend of the river are finally haloed in pollen. Most plants put themselves on hold about 6 weeks ago but Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage is emerging along the bank, under the wood at the far end of Dolerw and woodrush is starting to flower.

I watched a male goosander make a series of sitting dives to forage amongst the crowsfoot. The river water remains clear.