I managed to grab nearly two weeks away over Easter and was able to spend some quality time with my family. I hope many of you were able to take some time out as well.
I love this time of year and it’s an especially wonderful time to watch wildlife. I’ve always been into wildlife in a big way and as I get older I seem to get even more out of it.
I don’t know about you but when I’m walking through woods or over heath land I immediately relax and having Toby again has made us all get out more! I live in a pretty rural area but city dwelling friends tell me they get a similar buzz from the many open spaces in the city.
Our Local wildlife groups have been putting up notices recently, in an attempt to stop walkers and dog owners from unintentionally disturbing rare nesting birds, snakes and lizards that are found around our home. I’m privileged to see very rare Sand Lizards every day on walks with Toby and every couple of weeks I’ll notice a beautiful but venomous Adder slithering away.
But the moment that gave me a real buzz this weekend was spotting what I think is a Stonechat or Dartford Warbler bird, which are two of our rarest birds. Perhaps you could help me identify which one it is? I took the picture using a telescopic lens but it was a long way off and the picture is quite grainy. My kids think I’m turning into Bill Oddie! And perhaps in a way I am!
If you are interested in catching a glimpse of your local wildlife it’s always useful to use binoculars – they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg either, you could try the Folding Bridge Binoculars from Tasco.
Have you spotted any rare wildlife? I’d love to hear about it!