BBC Spring Watch, black slugs, blackcap, bluebells, Common Vetch, crabapple, Minsmere, oak, oak moss, ponds, red campion, RSPB, Suffolk, woods
Elinor took her Art exam over two days at the beginning of May and on the Friday of that week she and I decided we’d go to the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) reserve at Minsmere for a relaxing walk. Richard was away in Manchester visiting his mother and brother and helping his brother clear his Mum’s house before putting it on the market.
We go to Minsmere very often and know all the walks. Elinor decided she wanted to walk through the woods instead of going to the shore. I was hoping to hear a Cuckoo and a Nightingale. We had a drink and a cake in the café before we set off.
The weather, which had been quite pleasant in the morning, quickly deteriorated once we began our walk. It got quite cold and then a drizzly rain started as you can see by the raindrops on the pond above. Any hopes of hearing a Cuckoo or a Nightingale evaporated away.
There are Adders (Vipera berus) living on the reserve and we had been hoping to see them. We were told by another visitor that they were sleeping out in the open but unfortunately, by the time we arrived at the area where they are to be found, the rain had started and very sensibly they had gone under cover. The area is fenced off for their and our protection. They are Britain’s only venomous snake.
Air quality in the East of England isn’t as good as in the West of the country because the prevailing wind blows across the country, including London, before it gets to us. We are pleased when we find any kind of lichen as they are often indicators of clean air.
The next six photographs are of a male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) that I found singing next to the path. The photos are not cropped. This warbler didn’t appear to be at all nervous and at each pause in his song he seemed to look at me to judge my reaction! He filled his throat with air and used it like the bag on a bag-pipe to sing.
I was very pleased to get these pictures.
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