Winter visitors

Eight o’clock on the first Monday morning in March, bright blue sky. I cross the bridge over the Quaggy with the pavilion behind me. Most of the park seems to be deserted apart from a few scattered dog walkers and a hurrying commuter. But here as I swing left along the edge of the stream it’s positively crowded. The sodden banks on both sides of the water are full of scurrying small thrush-like birds with rusty red stains on their sides and white streaks over their eyes. It’s a flock of Redwings. redwingThey’ve been hanging out here for weeks. We should be proud. These birds have traveled thousands of miles to spend the winter visiting our park from the northern wastes of Scandinavia.  It’s an exciting feeling getting this little glimpse of wilderness on an early spring morning.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s