Sunday, 24 April 2011
The shore has many crabs, see the photograph of a few we found, different colours and sizes. The bigger crabs are found with the backs opened and ended up as tea for the birds. The two crabs I chose, the green one with the dark markings and a pinky orangey one were rather smelly too. The snail shells were two I found but I did see some climbing up plants. And my feather was definitely from an oyster catcher. I keep adding the oak leaves because they are always on the sand, now showing signs of aging. I hope you like the page, it is a mixture of things I found and makes me realise what lovely colours and interesting natural objects can be found here.
My collecting day is usually Saturday, so I kept my rule and went for a walk at 6pm. The noises were different today, a farmer has put his flock of white sheep and many lambs to graze on the fast growing green grass. A notice to owners to keep dogs on leads meant the shore was empty, with just a couple of people walking. It was getting a little cool but we were rewarded with the sight of a heron , it landed and we sat and watched it slowly step through the shallow waters left after the tide. As the sun was getting low it made such a beautiful silhouette against the sky. We saw the first two swallows dipping and swooping in front of us as they flew around and circled in the sky. The oyster catchers in pairs and so were the shell ducks, all calling out their own bird calls. A pied wagtail was sitting on the railway bridge supports and kept disappearing under the bridge, perhaps nesting. I must confess I have all these bird names and calls given to me by the expert, thank you, I am always grateful. Of course I know the seagulls but I had a lesson on the herring gulls and the black backed gulls, lets hope I can remember them all. No sign of the swan tonight but we saw her through the week gliding on the water covering the shore at high tide, see photograph. I just love walking along listening to all the bird calls, and hearing them drift through my windows at night.
All too soon the sun went down and we left the shore to the sounds of crying lambs looking for mothers. I collected some soft curly lambs wool caught on the fence, to stuff a pin cushion. I bet you do he said. Well I bet I do, so now another job for my list, just to prove him wrong!
Thank you for the lovely comments, I love to read them, so do stop and let me know how you are enjoying my shore finds. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, April 24, 2011