Unable to venture too far from home allows you to appreciate what you have on your doorstep. Sometimes the places closest to you can pass you by and you become complacent to the things around you. I was lucky enough to grow up in Garboldisham and have recently come back to the village and things haven’t changed too much other than some of the residents, the local primary school has become an academy (who knows) and the lots of the wildlife has vanished especially large flocks of Lapwing, Golden Plover and Yellowhammers.
Saturday, I walked long the bridleway and looped through the village. There were plenty of Redwings and Fieldfares around and I could hear Nuthatch calling on most of the walk. There was one solitary buzzard who didn’t look much like it was enjoying the freezing the weather. There was a reasonable sized tit flock which contained the usual suspects.
Sunday, I visited Broomscot Common which When I was a kids was out of bounds. We used to sneak on occasionally as kids and used to tadpole in a little pool which has now been opened up and a platform has been added (Oh that would have made things much easier and would have saved me several tellings off). We used to chase Grass snakes and Common Lizards. Today I got to wander round on my own in total peace and quiet and it filled me with such memories and excitement.
There were small numbers of Birds today, even though it was pretty grey and drab winters day. Bullfinches whistling on the hedges, flocks of Goldfinch and Greenfinch floating about, but the highlight of the walk was a Green Sandpiper who seemed a little put out by appearance and took to the skies pretty quickly.
The Common is now managed by the Lower Ouse Headwaters Project and on first appearance it looks like they have done a wonderful job in managing the area, and so much so I became a member. I have a feeling it might become my place to escape.