Blackwater

Abberton 2020

Hello everyone.

I missed the deadline for my report for the newsletter this month so here it is.

Wet and soggy were all the paths around Abberton when we arrived for the last meeting which we will have for a considerable time. Although it was bright and sunny there was a cold wind which prevented the birds from showing themselves. As you have plenty of time to digest things now I thought you would like the list in full, kindly compiled by Robyn.

Song Thrush (H), Moorhen, Skylark, Raptor, Coot, Teal, Gt. Crested Grebe, Golden Eye, Kestrel, Dunnock, Tufted Duck, Pied Wagtail (H), Gadwall, Starling, Mallard, Goosander, Herring Gull, Gold Finch, Widgeon, Reed Bunting, Stone Chat, Egyptian Goose, Long Tail Duck, Bl. Hd. Gull, Pheasant, Blue Tit, Great Tit.

Out in the countryside which we are fortunate to live in we can walk with our dogs without fear of meeting others.

The bright Yellow sheen of Celandines are showing now contrasting well with the pale creamy yellow of the wild primroses alongside the little white flowers of the Stitchwort. The sheep parsley is growing taller by the day along the old railway line which, thankfully we can access now the water has subsided in the ditches.

It was around this area yesterday I heard my first Chiffchaff, always a welcome sound in spring. Now we look forward to the first Passerines to arrive in our area.

Incidentally when we were at Abberton there were sightings of a Swallow written on the board. Ken tells me he too saw the bird and suspects it was born too late to migrate and had survived the winter so far. Let's hope it will find enough of the midges which are plentiful at the moment, to feed on.

The garden has been full of lovely Hellebores this last month, the bee's love them and I have found that they do very well , being sturdy, in our windy and exposed garden, unlike the Hyacinths which being top heavy have suffered badly. The queen bee's are about looking to set up new homes and a Red Admiral flew passed me this morning.

As we are all staying at home for some considerable time, perhaps we can all make big efforts to consider what we can do for wildlife when we plant our seed for the forthcoming summer.

I shall be potting on the Lavender plants I grew from seeds last year, the first time iv'e done this ,and iv'e sown Cosmos, Antirrhinum and Rudbeckia, all loved by the Bee's. We can all get out and enjoy our garden no matter what.

Stay home, Stay safe and my very best wishes to you all.

Stephy