Sunday, 5 June 2011
Today we went for our walk about five o'clock. Sadly the sunshine has gone and we have returned to a cold breezy day again. We had to wrap up against the chilly north east wind. The shore was empty and we walked along the edge of the tidal river watching all the birds. It was a high tide about one o'clock and now the birds were feeding in the water. There was a huge group of ducks, I counted to fifty so estimated there was about a hundred. Large Heron gulls, black headed gulls and Oyster catchers were all searching for food at the waters edge. Then the magnificent sight as the Heron flew over and landed in the water.
I searched along the sandy banks to see what the tide had left in the tangles of seaweed and grass. More crabs, whelks egg cases, feathers, oak leaves, different coloured sea weeds and bits of branches and leaves. The jelly fish are now thin round plastic looking discs moulded to the grass, dried out with the hot days. The grass has grown and the pink thrift is taller with out the sheep to eat it. Suddenly my husband discovered the find of the day, a beautiful spotted birds egg, an empty shell washed up by the sea. A lovely subject for my week 23 page, so look out for it.
We walked our usual route and talked about the high tide expected next Saturday, what might it bring for my next page, something interesting I hope. The two swallows followed us, darting in front of us at high speed but no sign of the swan today. As it started spitting, the rain made circles on the water and so we headed for home. It was because of the rain I nearly smashed my precious find, I had placed the egg in my hood to keep it safe, and forgetting about it being there I started to pulled it up! It did arrive home safely ready to draw. I hope the chick which hatched from it is also safe, as we think it is the egg of an oyster catcher.
Hope you like the pages. As always, thank you for your comments, it is lovely to read them. So if you have time I would love to hear from you. Millyx.
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, June 05, 2011