Nick’s lockdown diaries: baby Robins
As we approach the end of the third week of “lockdown” and my fourth week of working in isolation at home, I have some good news. The Robins have fledged and left the nest.
I am unsure of how many managed this because we only spotted one of them.
Spotted is a bit of a pun because baby Robins are indeed spotted little things.
The downside of this fledging is that the parents have also now left the garden so part of my daily routine of greeting them with a cheery “Hello” no longer happens. I am missing them.
I have continued my daily exercise regime and extended the distance a little as well as continuing to walk quite quickly.
This morning I saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker quite close up on the trunk of a tree.
It seems to me that there is a lot more wildlife out there, particularly birds which seem to allow a closer approach, perhaps the reduced number of humans out and about is making them a bit bolder.
In Cranleigh we have had a great week for the weather and spring has sprung!
The radish seeds I planted last weekend are breaking through the surface, and I will keep planting seeds each week and look forward to a regular harvest.
Work continues at apace, and despite each of us being isolated, we are in regular contact. Our WhatsApp group is allowing us to pass messages to each other or call or video chat with each other.
As I walk out each morning, I can’t but help to notice that people seem more engaging. Just about everyone is smiling and acknowledging people as they pass by at the recommended safe distance of 2 metres.
People seem to be polite and will move off the pavement or pathway to create the desired space. I wonder if when this crisis starts to end, people will continue like this?
Thursday evening means that we will be at the front of our house clapping the NHS for one minute at 8.00 pm. It will be another chance to check on our neighbours to find out what they have been up to and talk about our hopes for the end of the pandemic.
Keep the handwashing going, stay safe and do let us know your lockdown stories.