Today I was able to spend some peaceful time appreciating the wild world around me. I got to listen to the birds sing, admire some beautiful bugs and adore the colourful splendour of wildflowers!
Today, for me, was all about birds and their song! I spent most of my day out in a nature reserve watching and listening to birds. My kind of heaven!
I caught a couple of seconds of video of a chiffchaff and a sedge warbler singing their hearts out, and an indecisive willow warbler who kept switching between preening and singing!
First thing this morning, I took a nice stroll into a lovely little nature reserve near where I live. As it was a cool morning so there wasn’t much insect life out and about, but the birds were very lively and full of song!
I stood and watched this lovely Sedge Warbler singing it’s heart out for quite some time. Not only was it mesmerising but it was the best part of my day!
Today I went to visiting a friend. She is a passionate gardener and it shows, her garden is beautiful, so full of colour and life.
After a cup of tea and a catch up, we stepped out into the stunning summer garden. There were so many bees, butterflies and bugs! There was one plant in particular that caught my eye – Buxton’s blue geranium. It was covered in 4 different species of bees! There were honey bees as well as carder bees, red-tailed bumblebees and buff-tailed bumblebees!
But it wasn’t just bees, there were mullein moth caterpillars, lots of wolf spiders carrying their silken egg sacks, a holly blue butterfly and a cinnabar.
The whole time we were serenaded by a very loud blackbird!
With great company, the warmth of the sun, some beautiful bird song and watching some lovely bugs … it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
Today’s mission was to carry out some wildlife surveys for work in the beautiful nature reserve we have on site.
A blustery wet day didn’t dampen my spirits as the lush greens and bright colours of the wild flowers glistened in the rain. The birds were out too – bullfinches, whitethroats and reed buntings sang merrily away.
There’s no place I’d rather be.
On the way back from the supermarket, I decided to pop to my favourite wild patch – Burbage Common.
I love it there, it’s always full of bird life … except this time. It was quiet, too quiet. I stood looking up and down the small road that leads to the car park wondering what had happened, when a Sparrowhawk swept across the road.
A few short minutes later, the birds began to sing again knowing the danger of a predator had passed. The first bird to pop down into sight was beautiful Jay. Wood pigeons appeared and then 3 Crows few by, a cheeky Robin and a foraging Chaffinch where next. A hungry squirrel appeared and spent some time munching through a pile of mealworms that had been left out for the wildlife.
Definitely worth the detour!
My usual commute to work is my 2nd 30 Days Wild. It’s a 8.5 mile cycle through gorgeous countryside.
The crisp green hedges are marked by grand oaks providing shelter for squirrels, rabbits, pheasants and partridges. There are plenty of perches for buzzards and kestrels to survey their surroundings.
It’s a peaceful ride but not a quiet one, as the air was full of bird song – skylark, yellowhammer and chiffchaff were all singing their little hearts out.
I even saw two hares running in the distance across a farmer’s field.
Not a bad start to the day, not bad at all!
Stopping at Market Bosworth, I paused to enjoy the little town square. To my delight I saw the Jackdaws searching for scraps of food from between the cobbles, I watched the House Martins and Swifts soar over head and I listened to a Goldfinch song echo off the surrounding buildings.
It’s been a bit of a damp start for June where I am, but I’m none the less excited about 30 Days Wild.
I got off to a great start, my first duties at work was to go do a bird survey in the Nature Reserve. So I sat in the rain and listened to the beautiful melodies around me!
I recorded a short audio of the moment, you can hear it below!