Swift Swallows and the Lizard in the Bin

There’s so much activity outside at the moment, the skies are full of swallows and swifts that dart and zigzag as they catch insects, today I looked up and there must have been around twenty of them skirting around the house. They’re so quick it’s impossible to get a photograph, they even defy video capture.

The hedgerows are full of tiny greenfinches, so small are these lovely birds that they’re able to grip onto the slenderest of grasses as they pick out the seeds. They are usually in charms of three, five or seven, never an even number. (The collective noun for finches is a charm).


In the evenings the first fireflies are emerging and the dusk is lit by the glowing insects as they search for a mate, this in turn attracts the bats who gobble up the insects by the dozen.

With all this activity it’s easier to see how life explodes into animation as the warm weather arrives. Lizards and snakes are making their presence felt and we’ve also seen an emergence of grasshoppers. No doubt the dreaded mosquito will make an appearance very soon.

On a sad note, I went to put out the recycling bin tonight and when I opened the lid there was a small lizard inside, I think it must have climbed on top and fallen inside, and sadly it lay there dead, another reminder that living in the countryside is all about the circle of life.

It’s the circle of life…la la la dah dah

Don’t worry, I’m not about to burst into song…besides I’m not a fan of Disney, so wouldn’t know all the lyrics. Smile BTW, the photo is of a mural in town, nothing to do with this topic, but I thought I’d share it with you.


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