Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sunshine and birdsong
After a wet few days it was a delight to go out for my usual morning walk in the sunshine. Many birds were singing from high spots on the trees and hedges, or we're busy collecting food for young and at least one Great tit in SSW was gathering feathers for nesting material. The grass in the fields alongside Park Lane,(which is the footpath that runs between Stantway and Combe Wood Lane, and so named because it used to be a deer park) have grown since the sheep were removed recently and the daisies and grasses have appeared. Today this attracted some beautiful Linnets, which flew down from the overgrown hedge (great for cover) and were taking full advantage of the grass seeds. The males with their pink ,streaky breasts and chestnut backs looked very handsome. Whilst I stood still, in the shadow of the hedge watching them, I also noted Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Great Spotted woodpecker, House Sparrows, Blue tit, Great Tit and Blackbirds. SSW was also alive with the sound of birds, a scolding Wren, Nuthatches, Jackdaws and Chiffchaff all very busy. Such a pity I have got to spend most of the rest of the day in front of a computer screen working!