I too was up and out at 6.30 this morning to see the sun rise. A beautiful dawn, 3 Roe Deer at the pond, Water Rail near the reserve entrance and more Wrens than you can shake a stick at. Lots of Chiffchaffs too. Spring is tentatively peering over the parapet. The most bizarre moment was finding a man dressed only in swimming shorts in the middle of the reserve. He had a racing bike with him and I suspect he was ‘in training’. In true British fashion I greeted him “you are a braver man than I am”, to which he replied ‘or more stupid’. Who am I to disagree?
The light changed quickly and I walked around the reserve twice. The birdlife was much greater after the sun had snuck over the horizon. It is a week to completion on the new home and then I can start to investigate what treasures the garden has to offer. In the meantime a daily walk around Winnall Moors is keeping me happy.