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I heard it, I heard it!

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M0nica Sat 01-Feb-20 12:21:12

The first larks of spring - on 1 February

I was out in the garden going to the bins yesterday and the birds were singing as if their lives depended on it and I thought I could hear a lark, not something I have heard before, when in the garden

So this morning when I went for my walk, I walked through the woods to the top of the hill where the ploughed fields are and almost immediately I heard this indistinct sound that soon became clearly the song of the lark.

There were two of them but they only sang for a short time, but as the foot path turned back down the hill and I was walking between 2 ploughed fields, I suddenly heard a lark singing, so loud and clear and realised it was only tens of feet above my head and I could see the bird as well as hear its beautiful song. I watched as it rose vertically, going higher and higher until it was too small to see, but its song followed me all the way down the hill.

midgey Sat 01-Feb-20 12:53:50

There is hope! What a great morning.

Opal Sat 01-Feb-20 13:02:26

Beautiful Monica, appreciating Mother Nature at its best smile.

gillybob Sat 01-Feb-20 13:03:43

What a lovely cheery post M0nica thank you for sharing smile

Namsnanny Sat 01-Feb-20 13:12:06

How life affirming M0nica !
I dont know if I've heard a lark singing in the wild.
Going to put my Vaughan William's CD on now.

annsixty Sat 01-Feb-20 13:41:51

We used to walk a lot many years ago and the sound of larks singing is one of my favourite memories.
The Lark Ascending is such a beautiful piece of music and so evocative of the real thing.
Thank you M0nica

SueDonim Sat 01-Feb-20 14:03:26

How lovely! ❤️ I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a lark sing, or set eyes on one, come to that.

The other day some large birds caught my eye as we were driving along and I realised they were red kites. We do have them in this area of Scotland but I have never seen so many in one place and by the way they were flying, I think they must have been aware that Valentines Day is coming up!

Baggs Sat 01-Feb-20 15:06:39

Lovely! I really enjoy the robins' singing on my way to work early morning. And I heard the first songthrush of the year the week before last.

Part of MrBaggs' DPhil thesis was about lark singing – in particular when they were being chased by a predator. He reckoned it was their way of telling the hawk how fit they were and to go and chase a different bird. Certainly the ones that sang while being chased tended not to be caught.

Juliet27 Sat 01-Feb-20 15:17:27

m0nica you've reminded me to take a walk to fields where I've heard them before. Unfortunately one area of fields where skylarks sang has been built on - such a loss.

starbird Sat 01-Feb-20 15:18:51

How wonderful - but I fear for them if we finally get real winter weather.

Juliet27 Sat 01-Feb-20 15:19:34

It's years since I've seen lapwings....are they at risk?

wicklowwinnie Sat 01-Feb-20 15:32:06

I always feel February, March and April are spring months, followed by May June July being the summer, and as harvesting begins in August that makes that month, followed by September and October, belonging to the autumn. Winter is November December and January.