Bees, birds, blossom and butterflies

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Today is gorgeously sunny so we’ve been for a walk to visit the lambs.
The blossom in front of St John’s church raises our spirits as we join the towpath, and a wren chirrups noisily from nearby tree. Too fast and small to photograph!

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The reeds grow tall in the river Bulbourne. We take the lane under the railway and cross the fields towards the Boxmoor Trust HQ. The field is still flooded, and the black headed gulls that have settled there are beginning to live up to their name.

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The first lambs we see are in the field next to the barn, enjoying the sunshine. These are tiny and not yet confident on their feet. We cross the road and head up the hill to find the older ones who are at the top.

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Catkins and blackthorn light up the hedgerow, and birds call from the tops of the trees.

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Early butterflies have emerged from their winter

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hiding places. A tortoiseshell and a peacock take advantage of the nectar on the blackthorn and bask in the warm sun.
In the large field at the end of the lane, older lambs have found their feet and are enjoying a lick of salt.  The ewes are nervous of us at first but then come nearer.

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Buzzards wheel overhead calling to each other.

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We take the path down to the stile, pausing to listen to the woodpeckers’ calls and drumming in the woods.

The half moon shines in the bright blue sky.
Tonight will be a good stargazing night.

More peacock butterflies float in the warm, calm air.

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We loop back across the moor through the avenue of horse chestnuts, and back past St John’s church, coming home for a hearty lunch.

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