Thursday, 27 June 2019

Wandering Round My Patch

I've just finished reading a marvellous book called Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness, it talks about how nature and in particular his love of birds has helped him come back from severe depression and how he uses connectivity to nature to keep himself going. It's quite surprising how much of this you can translate to your habits and moods.

I probably suffer a bit myself at times but not to the extent that Joe does and yes, sunshine, trees, birds give you a bit of an uplift. One of the sections of the book talks about having a patch that you grow comfortable and familiar with and enjoy seeing the changes over the months and years and it made me realise that I have one of these patches near where I work and I do enjoy wandering round it in my breaks as and when I can. It's a place to go to to enjoy and you shouldn't force yourself to go there if you don't want to.

So today I've officially made it my patch and decided to go there with eyes and ears open, looking and listening to see what I can see or hear.

Here's the area, its not much but it's nice strolling past the lake and down into the little reserve, over the years I've seen a fair bit there but not really documented it and I've decided to do so and what better place than this blog thingy


So let's start with today, June 27, 2019.
Wandering past the lake you could see a couple of mute swans, 2 adult coots and 3 youngsters, 2 male mallards and 3 females. A chaffinch could be heard singing in a tree but I couldn't see it. Heading into the reserve I heard two wrens, there may have been more but there were definitely two from opposite sides of the path, it was fairly quiet until I started making my way back when a robin announced it's presence, again unseen followed by a blue tit. Finally as I made my way back a tree sparrow could be seen and heard on the other side of the road. Loads of insect life and a nice walk but a bit quiet on the bird front. Probably the wrong time of the day.

No bird pictures but here's some pictures I took on the walk, don't ask me what they are. All I know is that they are plants of some sort.



This is some tree bark in black and white




Last working day of the month (for me anyway) arrived, work had been busy so time to get out and de-stress. I decided to ignore the lake today and go the long route around the little reserve. As I got onto the main road I could hear a blackbird singing and I disturbed a magpie that quickly flew off. Entering the reserve I once again heard the sound of several wrens, based on the direction of the sounds it was either one very active one or about 4 stationery ones.  There's a small pond as you walk round and I could see several large blue dragonflies darting around. Further along the unmistakable sound of a chiffchaff sounded out from the treetops and two Great Tits alighted in a tree above me. I should have brought a bigger lens. As I neared the end of this section of path I heard a lot of activity in a tree, I slowed down and noticed a small bird moving around, then another two and then another two, I counted possibly seven in all. From the size and appearance I thought goldcrests, it was quite dark and shaded here so I couldn't really see but the size, shape and markings seemed to agree, I just wish I was better informed on the calls. Apart from plant life the journey back was quiet but still nice and relaxing, I arrived back at work refreshed.

Checking the calls from the RSPB website when I got home I realised they sounded more like firecrests than goldcrests, I'll take a better lens and get more prepared for next week.

Here's some more plantlife pictures.