04 April 2011
So we went down to put the seaweed on the asparagus on Saturday, and found this. After such a cold winter, I was expecting that it might be up later than last year, but in fact it seems to be earlier by a week, and a few days earlier than the year before. The last couple of weeks of fine weather must have done the trick. The birds too seem to be slightly manic. Early evening, when it's pretty much empty of people, and just before the sun goes down, the plots are alive with birds flitting, flapping or whistling. It's as if the end of the hard winter has made them desperate to get on with the process of procreation.
Closer to home, we've heard the sound of a green woodpecker in the mornings, possibly in an old ash tree in the large garden that backs onto our street. And on the Regent's Canal, we watched a pair of coots feeding their newly hatched brood of dark downy cootlings; by Saturday they were venturing further away from the nest. I doubt whether the dinner-pate sized turtle/terrapin slinking on a nearby log was entirely benevolent.
Many thanks for comments on cameras. My sister-in-law kindly let me borrow her Cannon Ixus 130. Neat, but not quite as easy to manipulate as my old Fuji Finepix. Can I be the only person in the world overwhelmed by choice?