Sunday, June 7th
A week into 30 days wild, I finally some quality time in our garden. As I was trimming back the foliage threatening to overwhelm our windows I loved hearing the bees buzzing and the church bells ringing.
|Tree bumblebee on ceanothus.|
Monday, June 8th
I found a nest and attentive woodpigeon well camouflaged by the shadows of our robinia tree.
|A homely woodpigeon with its nest hidden amongst exotic robinia flowers.|
The river Uck runs alongside our little station. Just before I got on the train, I enjoyed a serene moment watching the ducks. I had a chat with a fellow commuter who had just been watching a pair of grey wagtails working their way along a ledge near the edge of the platform. We discussed the lack of insects this year and how some exotic ducks have joined forces with our local mallards.
|Ducks on the Uck.|
|Carpet of wild flowers seen from train window at Milton Keynes.|
Wednesday, June 10th
On Wednesday morning I got up early and dropped my laptop off in the office and settled down by a nearby pond to watch this little slice of nature wake up.
|Just a few steps but a world away from the office.|
|Rushes provide perfect cover for coots and other birds.|
Thursday, June 11th
On the way out of the Arden, I spotted one of the house martins zoom into a nest made from a thousand beakfulls of mud. I stacked my baggage by the kerb and watched them for a while. As passenger jets roared into the air behind them, about half a dozen of these African visitors seemed to dance in the air by the hotel.
Today's wildlife moment was sad but gave me a chance to get close to something lovely. A blackbird had hit one of our windows and died. I was able to examine his subtly coloured plumage and vivid yellow beak. There was a perfect graduation from the tiny soft feathers on his back to the long flight feathers on the tips of his wings.
So the last few days have been about appreciating how good wild creatures are at travelling. They may be tiny compared to our trains and jets but they are never stopped by a signal failure or lost baggage.