Monday, February 7, 2011
Having spent the past 2 weeks in first the Masai Mara in Kenya and then the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda it was a bit of a culture shock driving straight to Scrag from the airport, arriving just at dawn. Although it wasn't cold, it was grey, gloomy and blustery. I needed to stock the feeders before going home and the greyness wasn't enticing me to stay.
However, being 6 weeks after the winter solstice, it is now spring and the birds were singing with robin, song thrush, great tit, coal tit, dunnock and even goldcrest contributing to the growing dawn chorus. I also heard great spotted woodpecker drumming. Plants were also evident with primrose, bluebell and lords & ladies pushing through the leaf litter.
I also watched a fox trotting through Scrag from the west and then turn north to pass just 30m from me. The wind was in a good direction and I watched totally undetected.