I guess I’m going to be very familiar with all the paths round Cupar by the time the lockdown is over. For today’s exercise, I walked through the park beside the Eden (busy with dog walkers) then along to the Trading Estate, deserted, where there is some wonderful moss.
As the main road was so much quieter than usual, I went on then took the track down towards Dairsie Bridge. A new one for me. I didn’t go all the way to the bridge because my leg was sore, but maybe another day.
The track had daffodils, celandines and scillas among the trees. Chaffinches and yellowhammer in the branches. At the road end, I found this solitary crocus.
I went up Foxton Farm road, pondering over the white blossom on the hedge – Blackthorn or Cherry Plum? Should have taken a picture, but I wasn’t meaning to do a blog.
Walking back along the field track to Cupar, I took a picture of this red dead-nettle for wildflowerhour, and listened to skylarks all around.
Further on, there was another good “wall plant” photo opportunity, with dandelion, prickly sow thistle and hairy bittercress all together.
A wren hopped up on top of the wall and sang loudly. Further down the lane, the dunnocks were also singing from the top of the hedge. When I was nearly home, I found this cobblestone grid of Whitlowgrass, Erophila verna, which I’d never noticed before.
Flowers: celandine, dandelion, coltsfoot, speedwell (Veronica persica), red and white dead-nettle, gorse, groundsel, Prunus cerastifera (I think), prickly sow thistle, hairy bittercress, whitlowgrass, arabidopsis thaliana.
Birds: Chiffchaff (first one seen this year), chaffinch, blackbird, robin, wren, yellowhammer, sparrow, lesser black backed gulls on chimney, buzzard, skylark. Plus gulls and rook/crow which I still can’t do.