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The trees were silent

Updated: Mar 28, 2022

Perhaps they were grieving.

Or perhaps this was a day when the world was showcasing birds.

I caught the circling buzzard on video.

Then I rounded a corner and saw...

I had never, I think, seen so many together.

Up the hill and past the house to the lake...

The swans were back! Canada geese, too and ducks and moorhens. Or coots. Moorhens I think.

And above them, circling...

Flight and song and water and air! But the glory was not done.

As I returned to the car, I looked over the river and saw blue fire, iridescence. A kingfisher. Not in the picture, but here, in my memory now for ever.

All this when, in a way, this land is unnatural. today, they spread sulphur and nitrogen fertiliser. And the land looked like a desert.

It will become green. The forced flat green of crops. And yet... we all have to live... And these fields were not ploughed. The sheep were turned out here.

And still, the birds call and caw and fly. Bees and butterflies... not enough, but they are there. Life happens.

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27 mar 2022

Thanks for taking us along. We don't have buzzards. I read in Wikipedia about sky dances !! -- " ... Common buzzards maintain their territories through flight displays. In Europe, territorial behaviour generally starts in February. However, displays are not uncommon throughout year in resident pairs, especially by males, and can elicit similar displays by neighbors.[2][16] In them, common buzzards generally engage in high circling, spiraling upward on slightly raised wings. Mutual high circling by pairs sometimes go on at length, especially during the period prior to or during breeding season. In mutual displays, a pair may follow each other at 10–50 m (33–164 ft) in level flight. During the mutual displays, the male may engage in exaggerated deep flappin…

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