There's movement all around, as a Blue Tit takes off from a pine:
Or a pair of Linnets chase each other away from me:
In the water, an Egret splashes for a minnow:
And an Avocet sifts the muddy shallows for shrimp or other morsels:
Spring is a time of rebirth. Slaughter (lambs) and rebirth. [I only recently realised that the slaughter of lambs at Easter was historically a way of preserving pasture to fatten the rest of the flock..... But Jesus was a shepherd so he would have known that.....]
Our own two daughters were born in Springtime, and indeed this piece is put together on Hannah's birthday as a special memorial to that day, several years ago, when Amanda brought her into this world:
Daisies, the bright joy of light:
And the delicate red (or purple) dead nettle (or Archangel):
Anyway, though I was intending to buy them drinks in The Rose and Crown (where Chris has stayed in the past) and we are but a hare's leap apart, we have had to keep our distance, socially or antisocially, and so the above is my very own SpringWatch from the Ken Hill Estate. The official Springwatch cameras roll 24 hours a day and are monitored 20 hours a day. (I cannot compete with that....)
Members of the crew get around the sprawling site, that stretches five miles (8km) across, in a fleet of buggies and there are nine miles (14.5km) of cables being used by the technical team across the site. (I cannot compete with that.)
BBC Springwatch at Wild Ken Hill: Behind the scenes
By Zoe Applegate and Kate Scotter
BBC News, East
I do like the programme, and have always enjoyed watching and listening to Michaela and Chris. It's great to know that some 4 million people will also be watching, and learning. (And I do hope that dog owners will take heed of the warning last night about letting dogs off the lead in conservation areas......)
Apparently Sitting Bull had this to say about Spring:
Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!
Yes - Spring Fever indeed! And I hope you may have enjoyed my personal SpringWatch.....
PS, For more about Wild Ken Hill, please see https://www.richardpgibbs.org/2021/04/a-lesson-in-rewilding.html, my earlier blog about a guided tour of the estate at dusk....
Thank you all, and Happy Birthday Hannah!