Man with two dogs

Stirring signs of summer

May 14 2016

If one swallow doesn’t make a summer perhaps five house martins swooping in dazzling aerobatics in the sky above us was a good omen. It was the Doyenne who saw them first and they were welcome arrivals.

Nature Watch

A dusk encounter with the woodcock

May 7 2016

Standing in the diminishing light of dusk by an avenue of pines, I see the woodcock heading towards me, skimming low over the treetops on flickering owl-like wings and uttering strange croaks and intermittent hissy chirps.