Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
The weatherman had
warned us it was going to be a cold, wet day but we'd decided to risk it anyway.
As usually happens it started to rain just as we got
the bike out of the garage
but the moment we left Crawley the rain stopped and the skies cleared. We find
this happens a lot and our town seems to have its own miserable microclimate that
we leave behind us every Saturday.
We practiced our pacing technique and at one point I worked out that our next turn was 18mm on the map corresponding to 450m in reality. This in turn meant we had to walk 283.5 paces. We were bang on - even down to the half pace!
A good day for birds, at one point we had 7 Buzzards over our heads plus we also had 2 Red Kites, a Treecreeper, woodpeckers, all manner of woodland and farmland birds and a couple of Kestrel. Daffs were everywhere along with Wood Anemones, Primrose and even a few bluebell were starting to flower.
As we neared Northcapel a huge cumulonimbus storm cloud started to form behind us and it chased us back to Lurgashall, providing a spectacular backdrop to an otherwise bright sunny afternoon. A parhelion showed that there was plenty of ice in the sky and the low temperature at ground level showed me that my hands were going to get very cold on the way home. As we closed in on the finish of the walk the cumulus clouds around us started to grow into Cumulus Congestus, with some of them starting to spread out into more anvil-shaped monsters too. It seemed we were surrounded by imminent storms. Amazingly we were able to circumvent the big storm on the bike on the way home and stayed in the dry all the way back. My hands were nearly frostbitten by then though. Who cares, we had a perfect Spring day in the woods.