...quite literally as I witnessed this week when a pair of Goldfinches flew vertically up from a gorse bush, beak to beak & breast to breast. This image was made more bizarre by the fact that one of the birds was holding a twig in his beak. I then noticed that Magpies, Crows & Rooks everywhere are flying around with twigs in their beaks.
I just had to go to Cap Frehel, one of my favorits 'birding' spots. Already the Guillemots have started to gather, the first Kittiwakes are mewing & the Shags are nesting...see photo. Brittany is the most southerly nesting place for Guillemots & Razorbills & also boasts France's largest nesting colony, at Sept Isles, of Gannets.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Our postponed visit to Rennes will take place on Tuesday April 12. There will be a guided tour in the morning and free time to enjoy the many shops, bars, churches, museums and interesting sights in the afternoon. We will be meeting at 10.30am near the cathedral. Cost 6€.
Further details will be provided nearer the time. If anyone wants hotel recommendations for going up the day before, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Also let me know if you can offer a seat in your car or want a lift so we can try to car-share.
Rennes is a very vibrant, exciting place to visit!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Chris and Barry on the remarkable, unprecedented achievement of arriving FIRST at the meeting point - sorry, on their 42nd wedding anniversary today. Felicitations!!!
We had a very pleasant walk in attractive scenery, mostly in good weather, including spring sunshine, tempered only by a burst of rain after the turning point where we crossed the lock over the canal. Best behaved dog prize goes to Harry ;-) Best behaved photographer - definitely Dave (thanks, mate).
Friday, February 11, 2011
The walk starts at 2pm from the parking by the bridge at Pont Triffen (direct exit from N164, near Landeleau). This is a fairly level and easy walk, outward on a newly developed stretch of former railway track, followed by a lock crossing over the River Aulne, and return along the canal towpath. Look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
These Daffodils have been in flower in my garden for 3 weeks, but they are the exception. I have hundreds more that are only a few inches high with tight buds. However, the signs of the approach of Spring are all around: The Catkins have dropped on the Hazel trees. The aparently naked branches on the winter trees are, on closer inspection, covered with tiny buds, some already showing green. A few weeks ago, the only birdsong was the bitter-sweet tune of a lonely Robin somewhere. Now he is joined by joyous sounds of chirpy Great Tits, melodious Blackbirds & many more. Last week I saw my first Celandine of the year.
Yes, Spring is still a distance away but, as with walking in Brittany, every step of the journey is as delightful as the final arrival.