Welcome to my third post for The Tree Year
about the Larch I am watching.
This tree is in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, UK.
|This is the Larch. It is still early in the season, but there are small signs of new growth.|
|Our 'friend', the Great Spotted Woodpecker, put in another appearance ...|
|This one is a male (with red mark on back of neck - not visible here): I wonder if we will see a female one day ...|
|We were delighted to spot Long-tailed tits here for the first time this year.|
|Two Long-tailed tits and a Blue tit.|
|Blue tits - and a female Siskin (upside down).|
|Mr and Mrs Chaffinch arrived.|
|Note the fresh growth on the larch branch. I think this a second female Chaffinch ...|
|... and another male Chaffinch.|
For those who may not know, the Larch is a deciduous conifer from the Pinaceae family. We usually think of conifers as evergreen, but this species loses its needle-like leaves each autumn. The tiny cones ripen approximately 8 months after pollination. There are Eurasian and North American species. Larch wood is waterproof and hard-wearing - and used in the boating industry. It is also used for the building of houses in Central Europe. Scottish cabers, used in the sport of 'Tossing the Caber', are made from Larch.
|Is this a Warbler, perhaps a female Willow Warbler?|
|The 'usual suspects', the Starlings, arrived on cue.|
|The male Blackbird preferred rustling around below the tree.|
|A hungry Chaffinch,|
|a cute Blue Tit ...|
|... and a striped Great Tit enjoy the feast.|
|Share and share alike!|
|Mr and Mrs Greenfinch breeze in.|
|Still room for a little one!|
|I'm not sure about the identity of the bird on the right. Any ideas, please?|
|The tiny Treecreeper scuttled away up the trunk ...|
|... until we could hardly see him! Such is the power of camouflage.|
Previous TTY Posts
- TTY Post 1: Introducing the Larch - January 2011
- TTY Post 2: Winter Visitors - January 2011
- The Tree Year
- You can listen to a soundtrack of a Downy Woodpecker if you follow this link to TTY participant, Mike, at the Slugyard.