Birds do it; bees do it, as do cows, foxes, and dogs. Families laden with bags ready to be filled have an unfair advantage in the competitive sport of blackberry picking.
The good news is that more birds (even the shy warblers) are visible again, and I even catch a precious fragment of the willow warbler’s song. The bad news is that they’ll be leaving soon.
8 cormorants on the sandbanks drying in the sun,7 mallards sifting through the mud,6 growing cygnets, 5 oystercatchers ,4 herring gulls, 3 honking geese and an egret fishing by the shore
I was admiring the 4 geese flying above the river as it squeezed itself through the sluice gates. Suddenly an iridescent flash of brilliant blue caught my eye and (with complete delight and incredulity) I saw it was a kingfisher.
It’s so incredibly hot, even (unusually) right through to the evening and night. The swallows, swifts and aquatic creatures of every type and species are happy, but the jackdaws sit on roof tops panting like little black dogs.
A dozen white egrets fly in their floaty delicate way over my head, heading for the sunset and the Duver. The tide turned an hour ago and they’ll be getting ready to wade their yellow feet through the rock pools that gradually reveal themselves.
Ice-white forks of lightening illuminated the half-stranded boats in the harbour and St Helens (on the opposite side) seemed to be enduring the Blitz. The soundtrack to all this drama was the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard.
Does feeling star struck normally mean buying lots of extra budget cake and waiting eagerly for every high tide? It is when a family of swans has your deck on its list of places to eat.
Four slow worms, medium, large and small, three large frogs and one tiny one; endless ants, snails and slugs, all discovered living around an old compost heap. I sincerely hope they haven’t minded being relocated a few yards away.
It was such a distressed call, and my heart sank as I thought the cat had caught something. Luckily, the ‘victim’ was a baby black headed gull in the difficult transitional phase when he has to start fending for himself.