Country diaryLast month was an "April fool", because we had plenty of showers and only brief blue skies, so the month lived up to its name. Now, spring is in the air and numerous birds are in our garden and in the field hedgerows. And it is a pleasure to see many lambs in neighbouring pastures paying frequent visits to their mothers for a supply of warm milk and, on fine evenings, running races around their fields with their little heads tossing and tails flying in the wind.
There are a lot of crop fields, but it is good still to see grazing sheep and cattle. Primroses are in bloom and numerous clumps of daffodils bring radiance to the garden. I have noticed several cock pheasants too close to the country roads and scurrying scur·ry
intr.v. scur·ried, scur·ry·ing, scur·ries
1. To go with light running steps; scamper.
2. To flurry or swirl about.
n. pl. scur·ries
1. The act of scurrying. off the tarmac as a vehicle approaches. Unfortunately, with the speed of driving today, I now see a few flattened corpses of hares, rabbits and, this week, a hedgehog.
I have a labrador, and she gets me out for a walk every day, whatever the weather. Last week she investigated a hedgerow hedgerow
Fence or boundary formed by a dense row of shrubs or low trees. Hedgerows enclose or separate fields, protect the soil from wind erosion, and serve to keep cattle and other livestock enclosed. from which erupted a hen partridge that was already sitting on eggs. I had a quick look to check this - my dog is obedient and immediately sat on command - and we retreated. Then I watched from a respectable distance and the mother bird went back within minutes.
England's largest remaining red squirrel population is in Kielder Forest, and there is an active Save our Squirrels project to try to save the few small colonies of reds that we still have up here. They breed in spring and once mated will stay attached to one another for years. Their dreys are found in a fork of larch larch, any tree of the genus Larix, conifers of the family Pinaceae (pine family), which are unusual in that they are not evergreen. The various species are widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere. or conifer conifer (kŏn`ĭfûr) [Lat.,=cone-bearing], tree or shrub of the order Coniferales, e.g., the pine, monkey-puzzle tree, cypress, and sequoia. Most conifers bear cones and most are evergreens, though a few, such as the larch, are deciduous. branches, or in a hollow tree trunk, always inconspicuous in·con·spic·u·ous
Not readily noticeable.
incon·spic and hard to find. These will have been constructed of shreds of interlaced Refers to a display system or image that uses interlacing and does not render contiguous lines one after the other. See interlace and interlaced GIF. moss, grass, leaves and sometimes even strips of bark from a young tree.