” Chase Me”.

It’s an absolutely glorious day here on the marina, as I sit in the bow with my feet up listening to the sounds of the birds, the thrumming of a distant motor, and the thumping pulse in my head due to this damn cold. It’s taking a while to shake off, but in surroundings like this, I have no need to complain!

Two swans have just flown overhead, their wings swooshing in a steady rhythm as they make their way to the field adjacent to the dog walk.
There appear to be swans everywhere this year, and we have a new nest down by the gateway to the other basin which has four eggs in it. Whether they will hatch is uncertain as the adults have not been in full attendance, and we believe a dog new to the area has been allowed to investigate and rummage through their structure.

From what I have read, as with ducks, it is not unusual for first clutches to fail, and it would appear that someone has removed the duck eggs from the tulip bed.
Saying that though, I think the two mallards have found a better and more protected site in the pampas grass.

swans on nestThis picture was taken several years ago in Lincolnshire of a new nesting pair which tried valiantly to keep their nest and precious contents above water.
Sadly they failed, and the eggs were abandoned.

What is so fascinating to watch today are the swallows.
They are becoming quite numerous now, and the speed at which they fly along the length of the marina over the water then swooping up into the sky like some kind of winged daisy chain, is mesmerizing. All part of their mating courtship I suppose.
Last year, I had a ringside seat watching them dip and dive (this is a google image)
swallow drinkingas they wove in and out between the boats, then dance into the air and occasionally come to rest on the TV aerial of the boat next door or on our pontoon finger (these are mine).
aug swallows swallow lone 23 5

Like tiny black and white arrows showing the way, they dart in and out of my line of sight, but their calling song echoes around me as I sit prone and still while they are a mass of activity.
2014 swallows 1 first swallow


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to ” Chase Me”.

  1. So beautiful, so peaceful!

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