Monday, March 23, 2009
A Song Thrush and a Nature Walk
This lovely Song Thrush has been visiting the garden quite a lot lately and regularly serenades us with its beautiful song. I wondered at first whether it was a Mistle Thrush but on closer examination I could see it didn't have the whitish edges to its wings which the Mistle Thrush has. I do hope it finds a mate and breeds as the Song Thrush is sadly on the red list.
Yesterday we visited The National Herb Centre which is not too far away from us.
We have been several times before but this time we were not there to buy herbs, visit the gift shop or sit in the sunshine outside the Bistro eating their delicious home-made coffee and walnut cake, but to explore their nature walk in the hope of photographing some Long Tailed Tits which are remaining elusive in our garden. There is also the possibility of seeing deer and foxes, sadly the only deer we saw was dead on the road on our way to the centre. In fact our visit was rather disappointingly lacking in wildlife, there wasn't even much birdsong. We did catch a fleeting glance of some LTTs but unfortunately much too fleeting to get a photo, I did manage to snap this Great Tit.
On we walked enjoying the peaceful surroundings and the afternoon sunshine... 'When all at once I saw a crowd,
of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees, [sorry, no lake!]
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.' (William Wordsworth)
A little further on I spotted a Blue Tit.
This Mallard Duck was some distance away.
We saw some lovely clumps of Violets.
Also beautiful Primroses.
I really liked the shape and texture of these Bullrushes.
And also these Teasels.
After a pleasant, although rather birdless afternoon we found our way back to the gift shop where we bought a few bits and pieces and returned home in time to refill the bird feeders. We will visit again in the Summer when the leaves are on the trees and I am sure there will be more wildlife to see then.