My Saturday solitude walk was taken at Brake Lane this morning! What a beautiful morning it was too, an early frost and sunshine all the way! A Skylark was heard as I readied myself for the walk and two Yellowhammers flew overhead, Rooks were feeding in a field as they followed a ploughing tractor. The usual Tits were seen and heard along the lane and when at the end of the lane I could hear Siskins that were atop of the Alders! On checking I was delighted to see a Brambling amongst them..brill...my first Brambling in this area! A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming in the large garden alongside the bridleway where I lingered to look for Goldcrests but no joy today with them. A pair of Mistle Thrush were in a paddock along with Woodpigeons, Crows and Magpies. As I reached the few houses by the Lake I could hear a Robin singing so took the opportunity to take another video and hey presto no background noise on this video all but birds singing! A surprise pair of Goosander were on the Lake, another first on this walk, also a pair of Stock Doves were spotted in the trees, so another first for the walk. I walked further today, the walk taking me alongside the stream beyond the few houses. In a field alighted a Comma Butterfly, my first of the year and a delight to see. Great to see the trees and shrubs starting to bud now and Blackthorn in flower. I enjoyed this walk immensely today and after nearly four hours I returned home, refreshed and ready for a cuppa!
Early afternoon I had a Comma and Peacock Butterfly bathing in the warm sunshine in my garden. A lovely sight and uplifting!
Now the Mini's and Flower Power were to be seen on the evening! A 60's themed Birthday party! As ancient as I am the evening brought back fond memories of the 60's, as Hary Mopkin's sang 'Those were the days'. Oh yes, those certainly were the days! It was a 'fab' evening!