Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The woodland is now in a period of transition; the soft greens of spring are now hardening into darker shades as the summer progresses. It is a slightly bitter-sweet time for me as the colours of spring are so spectacular and eagerly awaited that they seem to fade just a little too rapidly. these colours were captured fantastically last week when Scrag was featured on BBC's The One Show; it was a 4 minute slot that focussed on bluebells and woodpeckers as well as ancient woodlands in general. It was certainly a fantastic advert for Scrag and hopefully more interest and workshop bookings will result.
Many of the breeding birds' young are now fledging; yesterday I saw a trail of 5 or 6 young wrens, just whirring balls of feathers, desperately trying to keep up with their parents through the undergrowth. Many great tits have fledged and blue tits seem imminently about to depart but still squeaking manically as the parents continue to ferry food to them. It is about now that the sparrowhawk's eggs will hatch so that the adults can make the most of the fresh, easy meat available!
As I've left the badger watches this week, it has been a joy and a relief to hear the squawking of the newly fledged tawny owl chick; I even managed to get it illuminated under the red light. I'm not sure if there is just one or more young owls but it does mean that the pair have successfully reared a brood which means that they should remain loyal to the breeding site.

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