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11. First cherry blossoms

March 26-30
Spring equinox - first cherry blossom
Moths sometimes fly


Mist in the early morning
7 spot ladybirds on the grass
Buttercups beginning to open
First lambs in the fields
Peach in blossom
Hail in the morning and snow in the evening
Sand martins skimming over the water




(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

10. Sparrows start to nest

March 21-25
Spring equinox - sparrows start to nest
First chiffchaff sings


Daylight equals darkness
Female tawny owl in good voice
The 'cat terrace*' open for spring
Dandelions fully open, daisies beginning to emerge
Apple blossom open, wild pear opening
Small tortoiseshell on the wing
Hairy bittercress in flower
First chiffchaff sings


* An upstairs window over a lean-to, allowing the cat to sun herself.
(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

9. Caterpillars become butterflies

March 16-20
Insects awaken - caterpillars become butterflies
Cherry blossoms in full bloom

Skylarks soaring and singing
Meadow pipits dancing over the field
White-tailed bumblebees flying
Dandelions and daisies beginning to open


(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

8. First peach blossoms

March 11-15
Insects awaken - first peach blossoms
Crows start building nests


More hare in the meadow
Standing water in the field, waders working the edges
Crocus fade, daffodils open
Osier in flower, sycamore buds opening




(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

7. Hibernating insects surface

March 6-10
Insects awaken - Hibernating insects surface
Birdsong fills the air

Pussy willow in flower
Walking through a cloud of insects
Milky way on a clear night
Hare playing in the meadow


(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

6. Grass sprouts, trees bud

March 1-5
Rainwater - grass sprouts, trees bud
Blackthorn sheds blossom

Blackthorn blossom open
Kestrels working motorway verges
Rooks gathering in treetops
Mating wood pigeons, marsh harriers sky dancing.



(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

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