Saturday, April 30, 2011

First House Martins and a Swallow

Well it’s the first day I’ve seen them in Takeley and I was out walking all afternoon yesterday.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

No nightingales in Takeley

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This picture was not taken in Takeley. It’s an Essex Man sail barge taken from Robie’s Hide at Fingringhoe Wick on the Colne estuary near Colchester looking across to Brightlingsea.
But within the lifetime of TAllen there have been Nightingales in Takeley. It was wonderful to hear them singing and my claim is I saw two! Trevor thinks not.
We reflected on why there were no longer Nightingales; insect eating birds seem to have really suffered.
Anyway it’s well worth a visit this time of the year and Nightingales are guaranteed.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

April drifts of colour

It’s Saturday and the sun has gone but I managed to see some wonderful drifts of colour around the village.

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First though some vandalism. I am pondering what it represents; maybe Easter Island. Not sure but someone has put a lot of care into it.

But let’s see what nature has to offer.

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I will try to get back for more shots in the sun but it’s a good start.

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Then having seen the splashes of blue and walls of white the track opened up into Canfield with this treat.
A field of dandelions. It was actually quite overwhelmingly bright and yes there is a cat in the picture.