Hmm. Went off to a grass identification workshop this morning (I like my plants). However, when I arrived, I found out that I’d misread the calendar (another senior moment), and it isn’t until next week. So, as I’d driven all the way to the nature reserve, I thought I might as well learn about dragonflies instead…
Very interesting they were too, with beautiful photographs, but as it was overcast by lunchtime, I didn’t stay for the dragonfly hunting, but went for a walk round on my own. I didn’t see any butterflies or dragonflies, but I did see some good birds, and I walked 2.6 miles, so good exercise. I wore my running trainers, so my feet felt ok. I even jogged a little bit.
I heard a cuckoo, which was great; that’s the third time I’ve heard them this year. As I went into the first bird-hide, I was told that a kingfisher had been around earlier, but they’d been waiting about twenty minutes and it hadn’t come back – but I was lucky enough that it returned while I was there. Just a fast flash of blue – stunning. There was a reed bunting there too.
At another hide I saw a reed warbler, and then on a different lake, with a mudflat, there was a wonderful range of birds, including two I don’t think I’ve seen before – teal and little ringed plover. All quite a long way away – and the plovers ran around really fast, like little mice! Sixteen species altogether. So, even though I didn’t get to the grasses, I had a good day out.