The Park is changing quickly at the moment. On several afternoons we have heard the green frogs calling back and forth, not the 'rivet, rivet' of the tree frogs that we normally associate with all frogs - probably thanks to Kermit - theirs is the sound of a broken banjo, a sort of 'thwang'. Exciting to hear them nonetheless.
After the earlier appearance of the damselflies, minute, flying, blue Q-tips, the dragonflies have now hatched. First came the blue ones, Darners, then the more sturdy-looking but less brightly coloured Skimmers and finally, the beautiful, red Cardinal Meadowhawks.
Along the Quaking and Bog-Forest trails, we are seeing Slime-Mold. It looks as though someone has spilt some molten plastic, which has then hardened into blobs. It is a reddish-orange colour, artificial and plastic looking. But scientists still debate whether this is plant or animal, it can move of its own accord.
Sundews are appearing in the Bog. This little plant is perfectly adapted to the harsh bog environment, trapping small insects for food.
Our reality show Robin is now brooding four eggs. The estimated time for hatching will be around 6th June.
On the East side of the Park, volunteers from Microsoft have built a length of boardwalk. And when we went to see it, we noticed flights of Spring Azures, tiny, luminous butterflies, the most breathtaking blue when they open their wings to fly.
Posted by Janis.