Saturday, 25 October 2008

The Wheel Turns

One lovely thing about working outside is that you get to see nature happening around you. Back at the beginning of March I was lucky enough to see the storks migrating northward and it triggered the feeling of spring arriving. Today as the sun began to set I heard that call again. For the first time I have seen them on their way back south.

There was a group of 30 or so that flew overhead, their calls can be heard before you see them. I had to run to the house to get the binoculars as they fly so fast and pass overhead in a few seconds. A little while later I spotted another small group on the horizon. Having been out all day I knew that these were the first groups. Finally just as the sun had set and the light was fading fast I heard more and turned to see an arc of a couple of hundred birds passing overhead. It’s amazing to watch the continual movement in the group as it appears every so often, possibly every 15 – 20 birds, the one at the back pulls out and moves to the front of each little group, taking over the head position. I know it’s done to allow each bird to rest in slipstream of the others but watching how effortlessly they do it is a marvel.

As I watched them disappear into the distance I wondered if I’ll see more tomorrow or if they will fly over during the night but it also occurred to me that I felt the end of the season happening; the end of summer and in some ways the end of the year. It also dawned on me that in the pagan or Celtic calendar this is the end of the year, Samhain, the New Year occurs on the 31st of October.


Breezy said...

I love those moments of closeness with the cycles of the seasons. As usual catching up on your posts I am in awe of all the things you get through in a day

dND said...

Hi Breezy, the awe is mutual, I'm always impressed with the list of things you do.

Alan said...

Love the images. The calendar does impose a very artificial structure on our lives. Thanks for reconnecting us with the grand cycle.

Anonymous said...

We've not seen the storks yet this autumn, hope we haven't missed them, and hope they use our new place as a flight path (or should it be flight past?) too. As you say, they are really amazing and it's a great spectacle to watch (and listen to).

dND said...

Being outside so much more than I used to be is really great, I find I'm much more content with the natural calender than the artificial one.

Hi FFS, Did you get to see the storks/cranes? The main batch were gone by the morning but a bunch of stragglers passed by a week later. They were being blown off course and their progress was really quite zig-zaged down the valley