Nature Awareness Update 19th April 2013

20 04 2013

So I went out again on Friday evening. It was warm and sunny, apart from the rather chilly breeze. The sky was blue with a few white clouds. The birds were singing and I could see the moon rising in the east (at midnight it was in the west – this is the first time I’ve paid attention to the way it moves on a route through the night sky). I was very surprised to see so many Wood Pigeons around today, along with the Sea Gulls. However there were very few other birds around.

There were a lot of insects out today, especially over the water, although the were very small so I don’t know what they are. It’s the first time I’ve seen insects this year. The Moot Swan was on its nest again, mostly sleeping and enjoying the heat of the sun I think. There was a Blackbird by a small stream and there were a couple of Moorhens and Mallard Ducks swimming around on the pond. The Daffodils were beginning to go over and I saw a large blackbird fly over which I think was either a Raven or Crow.  I noticed a large area of nettles which I hadn’t realised were there before.

I greeted the spirit of the place and said I’d like to connect with it. I felt a positive feeling. There are new signs up saying not to feed the birds because it attracts rats so I’m not sure what I can bring as an offering to the Nature Spirits and the Earth Mother now.

A Blue Tit came to a bird box but didn’t go in. Instead it just landed on a tree nearby and then flew to trees around the box in a circle. After that it flew off and I didn’t see it again. I saw what I think was a swift which is the first one of those I’ve seen this year too. One of the Moorhens was hidden in some reeds and was making a lot of noise for a while and I suspect that is its nest as it is the correct time for them to be laying eggs.

butterfly

I saw a couple of small brown birds darting between trees and then later sat on a tree eating what looked like small leaves or catkins. I’m pretty sure they were Dunnocks.

On my way home I saw some bluebells which I associate with Beltaine so it reminded me that my first ADF high day is coming up….and summer is beginning. I also saw my first butterfly of the year. It had red wings and what look like four eyes on its wings so I’m assuming it was a Peacock Butterfly. It was a very calm and peaceful experience today and I relaxed so much I yawned a few times lol.