Tuesday, 14 July 2009

A curate’s egg of a day had its glorious sunny spells, but the next severe shower was never far away and, when out in the field, a wary eye had to be kept on the horizon for menacing signs of imminent precipitation. Between downpours it was safely established that no great influx of birds had taken place; in fact, not a single new bird was seen all day. The Eurasian Collared Dove, 11 Common Redshanks and the two Whimbrels were still around from earlier in the week.

The moth trap contained few insects of note, but a startling discovery was a European Robin sitting quietly under the egg boxes at the bottom of the trap – and then making a sudden bolt for freedom as its hiding place was removed! Whether or not the bird was responsible for the lack of moths was not entirely clear.

1 comment:

  1. I love the way the prose is incresaingly resembling that of the great naturalists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Howver, Iam still waiting to see the magic word crop up in a blog. Come on Rich E, rise to the challenge