Spring has sprung!
Spring is definitely in evidence!
We made our first visit to the Minsmere RSPB Reserve this morning. Coats, scarves, hats and gloves were soon removed as the sun broke through earlier than forecast.
We stopped walking when we became aware that we were being watched at close range through the reeds by a pair of Roe deer. It was a case of who blinked first! Eventually they got bored of watching us and trotted off into the Kenton Hill woods.
There was much activity in evidence of environmental repair following the ravages of the Winter as we heard the sounds of foresters logging fallen trees, RSPB workers upgrading the banks of the ‘scrapes’ and erecting reed fencing to screen the lagoons from the walkways.
The feel of Spring was enhanced by coverings of snowdrops, gorse headed by a mass of yellow blossom, budding daffodils, sprouting honeysuckle tendrils, bluebells coming through and a big fat bumblebee that buzzed lazily among the grasses. Just offshore a seal played among the gentle waves (last weekend’s lodge guests also spotted seals too).
On the ornithological front we heard Warblers in the reed beds and saw a tree creeper skittering up the side of a tree trunk (completely unconcerned as to our proximity). I’ve never seen one before. A glorious morning was topped off with the sun glistening on the lagoons and making silver flags of the reed heads while a pair of swans sailed serenely past.
It doesn’t get much better!