Saturday, 21 May 2011
It has been a cold wet and windy week. As the tide comes into the estuary it gets stormy and we have had some really heavy rain. I chose my window of opportunity and went for my walk and collecting yesterday after seeing the weather forecast. And as I am writing this it is really windy, cold, with a stormy grey sky and it has poured with rain all afternoon, so I am glad I did go yesterday.
There were lots of feathers, the striped ones which belong to the curlew. Lots of black ones too which is no surprise as there are many Crows, Rooks and Magpies on the shore. We were also followed by two Swallows which kept swooping right in front of us, we think to collect the insects which we disturb as we walk through the grass. We were amazed at their speed and agility and enjoyed watching them. I found a black mermaids purse and a ball of whelks egg cases which was washed up. There were so many crabs which had been eaten, their backs opened like a hinged lid and the contents removed. We saw oyster catchers, gulls, a curlew and shelducks in the sand by the water, the tide was just coming in and the water was quite rough with the strong south westerly wind. It felt really cold and we were well wrapped up. The sky was getting darker and warned that the rain showers were heading our way. So we made our way back and shortly after reaching home we had a really heavy shower. Of course I still found plenty of objects to choose from for next weeks page.
Thank you for all the lovely comments. "Ibisbill" the striped feathers are Curlew feathers. I was pleased to read that a school art group is following my blog....Hope the children are being inspired and are doing some lovely drawings. The three giveaways have been posted. See Carrie has posted on her blog, thank you Carrie. Hope you all enjoy my page for week 20.
Posted by MILLY at Saturday, May 21, 2011