Bank Holiday Weekend Sunshine on Southampton Common

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Here we are again enjoying good weather on Southampton Common. Astonishingly, it’s a bank holiday weekend and the sun is shining. However, it has been a week of all seasons on the Common: cold, windy and murky, beautiful sunshine, stair-rods of rain, and everything in between. T-shirts and shorts one day and big coat and gloves the next. But for now, we are basking in a taste of summer and I am very happy to have it that way.

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All the rain has made the Common beautifully green. The Ornamental Pond is looking almost tropical, the Old Cemetery is strewn with bluebells, and for those who don’t mind such things (including me) there are mini-beasts everywhere. Bees, beetles and lots of  beautifully elusive butterflies. I spotted one damselfly the other day, but it took off as soon as it saw me, so I am still wondering if I imagined it.

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Meantime, back at the ponds, the ducklings have grown in size and independence, diminished in number, and finally grown in number again. By Tuesday afternoon there were only three of the original eleven left, but on Friday afternoon two new little ones appeared to cheer me up on my way home.

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Both swan couples are still busy nesting, with one of the pair incubating the eggs whilst the other goes off for a preen and a bit of territory monitoring. The coots and moorhens are doing pretty much the same and  I am sincerely hoping that my next blog will be awash with tiny fluffy things, damselflies (maybe even dragonflies if I am ridiculously lucky), and butterflies who want to sit still nicely while I take their photos (in my dreams).

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Meantime, let’s enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, and let’s also take all our litter to the bins or home with us so that the Common remains beautiful!

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