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Alsager Rambler 2

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May has arrived and the weather is excellent for the wildlife. After a cool start the weather is warm and dry with no cold wet weather which can be a threat to young birds during their vulnerable start to life.

The countryside is much quieter now. Having paired up, I guess the birds are now focussed on feeding their offspring rather than defending their territory.

The rabbits are always keen to disappear into the hedgerows at the first sign of a person, but the pheasants are more relaxed and continue on their way unperturbed.

A lone heron flew silently across the sky, heading no doubt for the canal.

The lapwings continue with their aerobatics, demonstrating their flying skills to each other.

To compensate for the lack of wildlife around at the moment, someone has been very busy with paint and paintbrush producing 'Claphatch Kritters' to brighten the day with a variety of animals from snails to tigers.

The farmer's crops are well developed and are brilliant green in the increasingly powerful early May sunlight.

The canals are now looking beautiful with the cows lying contentedly in the grass, while their calves explore close by. Mow Cop castle is just visible on the skyline.

The bluebells are still flowering and adding their beautiful blue contribution to the blooming countryside. Some of the paths are now almost overgrown with the accelerating growth of the plant life.

Keep enjoying the local countryside and remember – Be Happy.

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