Spring memories

Monday 27 May 2013, 11:15

Michaela Strachan Michaela Strachan Presenter

'Oh the barnyard is busy in a regular tizzie and the obvious reason is because of the season, Ma Nature's lyrical, with her yearly miracle, it's spring, spring, spring!' I just couldn't help myself from singing that as I drove down to Ynys-hir in mid-Wales yesterday (10 points for anyone who knew that the song was from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!) 
I've now arrived at the Springwatch production site, the people are buzzing and the birds are tweeting, in fact a lot of the people are also tweeting. There are so many signs around of a late spring. 
There are bluebells everywhere, showing off their fairy-like flowers. Makes me think of the Flower Fairies. How many of you remember them? Different fairies for every British flower. The bluebell one was a bit impish for my liking. As a little girl I preferred the prettier ones. 
After arriving yesterday I went for a run round the reserve. It was a great way to immerse myself into the beauty of the place. The sound really made me stop and listen. The cacophony of bird song. There's certainly no need to use an iPod when you've got the music of nature to listen to. It is after all, at long last spring. All the creatures are twitterpating which should give us a mighty good Springwatch season (10 points to those of you who knew that twitterpating came from Bambi!)

'Oh the barnyard is busy in a regular tizzie and the obvious reason is because of the season, Ma Nature's lyrical, with her yearly miracle, it's spring, spring, spring!' I just couldn't help myself from singing that as I drove down to Ynys-hir in mid-Wales yesterday (10 points for anyone who knew that the song was from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!) 


I've now arrived at the Springwatch production site, the people are buzzing and the birds are tweeting, in fact a lot of the people are also tweeting. There are so many signs around of a late spring. 


There are bluebells everywhere, showing off their fairy-like flowers. Makes me think of the Flower Fairies. How many of you remember them? Different fairies for every British flower. The bluebell one was a bit impish for my liking. As a little girl I preferred the prettier ones. 


After arriving yesterday I went for a run round the reserve. It was a great way to immerse myself in the beauty of the place. The sound really made me stop and listen. The cacophony of bird song. There's certainly no need to use an MP3 player when you've got the music of nature to listen to. It is after all, at long last spring.

All the creatures are twitterpating which should give us a mighty good Springwatch season (10 points to those of you who knew that twitterpating came from Bambi!)

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    Comment number 1.

    ive been watching since 6 am today and now watching the buzzard one of my fav birds

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    Comment number 2.

    The webcams really are superb, thanks.

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    Comment number 3.

    Good to hear it jacqui-p! Glad you are enjoying the cameras.

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    Hi Michaela and Team.

    I remember the Flower Fairies. Got a book given to me by my mum when I was young, very endearing and my daughter (when young) enjoyed the illustrations, set the young imagination free - searching for Fairies in the garden! I'm not one for running anywhere mind, unless it's for a bus but I do like a good walk. The trees most noticeably have been struggling to sum up the energy to burst into flower and leaf but thanks to a good soaking a few weeks ago they've finally gone green. Lots of frost damage sadly to shrubs and bushes most of which have struggled to survive but the hedges thankfully have proven strong and are now in full leaf again, laden with moths and garden spider. Lots of bird song here throughout the day most vocal being our Blackbirds - and just when you think you've heard it all, they go and sing some little ditty you've never heard before. Hedgehogs are making a comeback in my neighbourhood which is a relief after several years without them and we have Tawny Owls hunting regularly. The Bats are braving the evening chill and were a month late emerging this year. Must be a Huge struggle for survival for all our wildlife and minibeasts, coming out of hibernation - or even being forced to extend it - to little or no food supplies due to the cold, wintry weather of March and April. People can help by replanting lost shrubs and getting some new flowering plants in now. Nature is in desperate need of a helping hand this year more than ever. I hope Springwatch will highlight this in depth throughout the week? I do hope the BBC will allow it's presenters do nature justice and put in plenty of good words in for our beloved Badgers too.

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    Comment number 5.

    Sadly I can’t clam the 10 points but will give you 10 and all the other presenters for always putting on a good show.

    Jim

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    Comment number 6.

    Seven Brides: you're "just an old fashioned girl", Michaela!

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    Is Chris a Clash fan?

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    Went walking in bluebell woods today in Somerset and found a single stem of WHITEbells among a plant where all the other stems were blue. Is this unusual?

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    Comment number 9.

    What a fantastic programme to start the series. Can't wait to watch the owl action with my 4 year old granddaughter who is taking a keen interest in all things natural.

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    Comment number 10.

    Hi Michaela
    I've lived in Fife for the past 50 years and one of the things I enjoy most is watching the return of the Lapwings (or pee weep as we call them) to Fife. However, over the past 10 years or so numbers have fallen drastically until this year when I have only seen one pair. Are they doomed to extinction in Fife?
    Thanks
    Ken

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    Comment number 11.

    We had read how difficult it was to see a water rail, but when we visited the RSPB site at Hauxley in Northumberland last year, there were two 6 feet away from us, pecking around the side of the path! We hadn't even reached the hide! Last week we heard a strange shrieking noise, in the twilight and there was a water rail in profile, 25 feet away over the back fence of our garden (it backs onto open farmland, with a stream running through it).

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    Comment number 12.

    I saw a Water Rail at Titchwell Marsh earlier this year, being very bold indeed; feeding on the seed dropped to the ground by the birds at the feeding station behind the cafe! Very good views of a bird with very few skulking tendencies! I wonder if this might be a small flicker of a behavioural evolutionary change?

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    Comment number 13.

    Hello fellow Springwatchers

    My parents have always had an enviable charm of goldfinches at their feeders, and this spring has been no exception. Distressingly, just this afternoon on three seperate occasions we saw a magpie make off with the freshly killed dead bodies of three of them.

    I'm a believer in leaving the process of natural selection to nature, but this seemed especially brutal.

    Is there anything that we can do about it? My parents feel as though they've set a trap for the magpies to prey on the goldfinches. If a member of the team saw this happening at their feeders on such a regular basis, would they remove them?

    We'd really appreciate your advice.

    Many thanks

    Heather and parents
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    Cumbria

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    Comment number 14.

    Hello Michaela and team

    Just to let you know that we have a live camera in our bird box where we have a family
    Of blue tits living and have watched
    Proceedings from the beginning when mum first came in at night to shelter
    From the cold, We have watched all the nest being built, feathering the nest, laying 10
    Eggs and have seen 9 hatch out. We are still waiting with bated breath for the last one to hatch
    All the chicks appear to huddle around and on top of the remaining egg. We have also noticed
    Mother and father feeding the chicks. They appear to put some into the chicks mouths only to take it back out again and offer it to another chick or eat it themselves. We think we have also seen them offer small bits of nesting material to the chicks and then take it back out again - very strange. Perhaps they get a little bit of roughage from it?

    We love the programme and find the webcams this year more interesting than ever.

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Sue and Glyn George.
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    Comment number 15.

    Hello Team!

    Delighted to have Springwatch back! We have a related question to the bird box thread above. Although we were lucky enough to have 6 Great Tits hatch in our bird box, they have all, tragically, died in the nest. It would appear that the nest box has been inspected by other birds, but has not been taken. Perhaps this is because of the deceased birds?

    Our question is: should we clean out the nest? or leave nature to take it's own course of action?

    We really look forward to hearing from you!
    The Hendersons x

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    Comment number 16.

    I have been watching a fledgling blackbird all day in my garden. The "daddy" keeps coming and feeding the baby, who appears not to be able to fly very far. The attention it is getting is amazing. I have never seen anything like it before.

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    Comment number 17.

    Hello Team and BBC Spring Watch Fans,

    To all of you who love birds: please take a minute to check out this blog from a year ago: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/natureuk/2012/06/birds-of-the-uk-in-lego.shtml#comments. If you feel like owning one or more of these birds, please read comment no. 19 on the above mentioned blog. We love the BBC nature programmes over here in The Netherlands: keep up the good work! :-)

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    Comment number 18.

    Maybe this is something for HiddenBadger. Say hello to Roger the Badger, another great creation by Tom Poulsom!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/detomaso/8946872693/in/photostream/ :-)

 

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