Spring time ….

Not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but one of the YouTube channels I follow is Gold Shaw Farm. It can get a bit ‘Our Tune‘ at the moment from time to time but on the whole the ducks, chickens, geese and, of course, the wonderful Toby dog compensate for that. The fascinating thing at the moment is to notice just how far the seasons in Vermont, USA are behind us in the UK. For those of you who might know Vermont is much much further south than where I live yet they have winters that are significantly colder than us and so spring arrives later.

Up here in the far north, we’re roughly on the same level as Churchill, Hudson Bay, nature is bursting out after the winter’s short days and long cold nights. Apart from the flowers the thing that we notice most about spring is that the birds pair off, have sex on our pergola and build nests. We now have a couple of jackdaws nesting neraby and I have to say they are an impressive bird in the breeding plumage.

They are the smallest Corvid but lack nothing because of that as they really are as cunning and curious as their much bigger cousins. The nest boxes are now beginning to be populated and all around the bird spong is simply the best pick me up I know. It starts about an hour before dawn and continues almost relentlessly until after sunset. For such small creatures birds are capable of creating a such a loud and varied choir.

After the long winter we’ve just endured it is so uplifting to realise that once more we can look forward to longer warmer days. Perhaps life isn’t so bad at the moment after all, although your life, for obvious reasons, may well not be so peachy.

Got to enjoy the little things.

About Guthlac

An artist, historian and middle aged man who'se aim in life is to try and enjoy as much of it as he can
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