Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Front garden floorshow

Did you have a lovely warm spring day yesterday, as we did here?

So there we were in the back garden at 4.15, oiling my (old) bike chain (which means that I was watching Dave do it) and a loud unfamiliar noise started somewhere on the lane.

Dave said: “What’s that rushing water? It sounds like a burst water main.”

I said: “No it doesn’t, it sounds like some kind of farm machinery.”

We finished oiling the chain and then Dave disappeared round the side of the house in search of the noise. Two minutes later he was back.

“It’s starlings in the field across the road!”

We stood on the lane in front of our house and saw and heard a HUGE flock of starlings sitting on one of the trees. You see those two trees on the left that look as though they have leaves on them? Those “leaves” are starlings. The noise was weird and wonderful.



They took off and flew around for a couple of minutes and then alighted back on the tree. Then after another 3 or 4 minutes, they took off and flew over the hill to join the main roost – that one I told you about a couple of weeks ago.



One day, I’ll have the camera with the zoom lens all lined up and ready. I wish you’d seen them with us. It was breathtaking.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos, whatever the lens - thank you so much for sharing them. I love the one of them in the trees, looking like leaves.

Oiling the chain?

Did you find a new bike?

If not, I have a little used Marin with mudguards and panniers - be happy to send it to you.

Sue Hepworth said...

I did find a new bike. I am going to try it out tomorrow. And if I buy it, I'll post a pic. But thank you for the kind offer!