Monday, 30 June 2008
A more delightful lesson on ornithology would be difficult to find; it is a journey through the joys of bird watching in the evocative language of poetry ... Carol Thistlethwaite is a poet of incomparable skill and artistry.
Thanks Peter - you know how to make a girl blush....
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Sue, Alan & I crossed Morecambe Bay this afternoon along with hundreds of others. I decided not to take my bins since I didn't expect the tide to be in.... An overcast sky with warm winds made it a comfortable day.
Above are Alan & Sue before the crossing (from Hest Bank) both laughing because I have to patch one eye so I can use the view finder. It's the same with a scope!
Right are layers of mud exposed in the salt marsh at Arnside - rock in the making.
Today there was some surface slime as I found out when I splatted down! But most of the time it was just warm, surface wet. There's an amazing variety of mud ripples: firm, soft, knife-edged, broad-topped etc. And the corophium shrimp mounds tickle the balls of your feet as they gently collapse beneath your weight.
Left- Cedric Robinson leading us across the River Kent. Cedric and his team had been out 4 hours the previous day to find and mark with laurel branches the only safe crossing point.
Right - folks steadying each other as they cross. I'm sure I felt a flounder sliding under my toes...
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Photo of whitethroat by Mike Atkinson http://www.mikeatkinson.net
His site is well worth a visit
Monday, 23 June 2008
Don't know if one has ever been recorded in Euxton before. Another guy saw and recorded it too - same place - so now I'm sure it was my first hobby sighting. Yeah!
Photo copied from www.rspb.org.uk
Strolling through woodland,
a slow glance
for swooping swallows
- is suddenly filled
with a magnificent swift:
tail head talon
- a bird of prey
surely a hobby?
just sped from sight.
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Photo taken this evening a few yards from my garden.
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Photo of the Harris Library, Preston copied from
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
I like rain - really. It's so refreshing to go outside, especially after a thunderstorm, and smell the planet re-birthing. Collecting and gathering itself together, pausing, enjoying unhurried dampness before turning to face whatever comes next.
And have you ever seen the beauty of snail eggs? Soft pearls hiding in the earth. I leave them undisturbed.
cinquain for slugs
listen deep, we
will hear slugs sing as
they compose silvered moonlit notes:
Sunday, 15 June 2008
With not much petrol in the car, I went to nearby White Coppice and saw a magnificent hare gambolling down the road. Their colours are amazing in the sun.
This photo is by Peter Huggins and copied from www.wildlifebcnp.org
This morning's sightings include a family of 4 ravens feeding in a dead tree, 2 adult blackbirds really going for a young jay, a family of 3 grey wagtails, a sedge warbler (not seen one here before), a reed bunting and a roe deer fawn (almost lost its white spots), all spotted whilst savouring the aural delights of willow warblers, blackcap and stuttering wrens.
Then up to the moors amongst the bobbing cotton grass where pipits perched on every heather top. At my feet the flick-flack tail of a disappearing lizard(?) and nearby a raided egg. While above my head a swift anchored the sky where a kestrel hovered below the circles buzzard. What more could one ask?
Roe deer photo copied from www.english-country-garden.com
Sunday, 8 June 2008
The moors were full of trampling pipits, a few lark and stonechat. And a pair of curlew were calling round their territory.
The Goit was bridged by warbling (willow and garden), chunnering tits and pnuematic wrens. Also spotted a pair of green peckers. I've still to see a pied flycatcher...
Photo of cuckoo from www.bbc.co.uk
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Waiting for H5N1 by Jane Routh is one of those. A very cohesive, informative and poignant collection from a writer who certainly knows what she's writing about. Political, understated, modest, precise, not a word out of place. A book about wildlife and goose rearing - I recommend it.
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Also pictured are more of the team: Andy, Ruth (RDC manager) and Muriel.
I was also really pleased to welcome Carol Fenlon. Her new novel, Consider the Lilies, is being launched next week. Good luck Carol.