Yesterday morning I visited the bird tower near Porjus again, where I met some of the local bird watchers. There had been a heavy thunderstorm the night before and with the temperature at 10am already 16 degrees, there was a thick mist over the river.
It was clear that there was already a greater diversity of birds than when I had been there just over a week ago. As the mist cleared I could see Bean Geese, Whooper Swans, Cranes, many Spotted Redshanks, Green and Redshanks, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Goldeneye, 3 Little Gulls, Many Willow Warblers singing, Whinchat singing, Lapland Bunting, Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cuckoo, 7 Wheatears along the railway line and an Osprey hunting over the river.
At the tower there there is the added bonus of a grill place where you can cook coffee and (yes you’ve guest it Rick) grill sausage
When I got home in the evening there was a Woodcock displaying over the flat.
Today has been 20 degrees and we have been out to the forest.
I devised a simple game as Emma was bored. I cut a Birch sapling in half so that the piece rooted in the ground was about 0ne and a half metres high. I split the end of the wood and set a Birch bark cup into the split.
The cups purpose was to hold a pine cone.
Emma pulled back the sapling and when released, the cone would be propelled (in this case up to 10 metres).
I set up a snow shovel as a target to hit with the cones