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 8.

    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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