For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
(William Wordsworth 1804)
I like this last verse of the famous poem best...I lie on my couch a lot! ;-)
Wild Daffs and just plain daft.
Hazel catkins ( male flowers)
At the tip of that bare twig you can see the female Hazel flower,
which is very small indeed but close up...
.. is a striking vermilion affair.
You can see pollen on the stigmas here.
There were very limited opportunities for bird photos,
the super-zoom managed an unexpectedly decent attempt at this Grey Wagtail though. These are a really hard bird to get a really good photo of, I haven't managed it yet!
Got the wagging tail nicely out of focus here...but I like the way the sun is shining right through the legs, you can see the bones; they're so thin!!
In the afternoon I had a look along the estuary where there wasn't anything new to see, but there were some more colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwits. I was expecting to see them because on Saturday morning the Axe Estuary Ringing Group caught a good few of these along with the usual catch of Shelduck and Wigeon. They also caught a couple of Canada Geese! And I wasn't there! Typical! Last time I attended the cannon netting there were more ringers present than birds caught, therefore I felt a bit like a spare part, with little to do. Every time I can't make it though they catch oodles.
Ones to look out for.
This one's ROG (red/orange/green)
The yellow/red/yellow on the right leg is the AERG code.
Ttis one's YOO.
I don't know how many they colour-ringed but I could see four yesterday.
Here's a Redshank who seems to be examining a piece of black plastic, which looks like a connector of some sort. Being made of black plastic chances are it's a MCS Napoli relic, probably a BMW part. They're still found all over the place even after four years.
Over on Not Quite Scilly Gav mentions the Tesco superstore soon to be built in Seaton, which is going to be on the site of the old Holiday Village. He refers to the anguished cries of 'concerned residents'. He may well scoff but some of us have reason to be concerned, not with the "the triple curses of a cheap and convenient supermarket, the first town-centre petrol station for years, and some employment opportunities" no. But we are concerned about this.
Tesco are bring in squillions of tonnes of gravel to raise the ground level on the below sea level site, and they're bringing it in from barges out at sea through a giant metal pipeline. This will be crossing the road about 10 meters away from our house. Here's one of the towers which went up today, behind it is the section of pipe which will span the road.
Here's the other side, from my bedroom window, it wont look very nice but that's not our concern. It's the noise and vibration of tonnes of gravel thundering through the metal pipes we're worried about. What's that going to sound like? Not to worry say Tesco, it will only be as loud as an HGV passing your house at around 30mph! That's pretty loud actually, some of them shake the house as it's very close to the road.The difference is that the pipeline will be pumping in gravel for up to three hours at a time. And despite assurances it will only be during the day they changed that once they'd got the permission so it could be at night too. Oh well, it will only be for a month or so. Providing we don't get any rough seas which of coarse we more than likely will.
Herring Gulls like it though.
Lets hope the sea stays like this or rougher for the next few months, or years even ;-)