Monday, February 8, 2010

Apologies for the break in posts but I have been leading a tour in the Masai Mara, Kenya and only got back a few days ago. It was a fabulous trip with 70 lions, 9 cheetah, 2 leopard and 1 caracal! I was also fascinated by the hyenas and their similarity in social structure to badgers.
Anyway, it was lovely to get back to Scrag (yes, I do miss Scrag even when I'm working in other magnificent areas of the world!) last Friday. It was even Spring-like with primrose leaves looking new and fresh and even bluebells (leaves, not flowers) now piercing through the leaf-litter and the hazel catkins have changed their appearance and look ready for action. There was bird song all around from robins and an early song thrush as well as drumming from great spotted woodpecker; this drumming is a territorial call not the excavation of a nest hole. The sky was clear and the temperature was over 11 degrees; I even checked under the tins for an early adder as buzzards 'mewed' overhead. Yes, being six weeks after the winter solstice, it is definitely spring and the signs were all around me!
Today, however, it was bitterly cold with a driving east wind and it was...snowing!

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