Blogger: Aggie Rothon, Communications Officer
We got desperate the other night. We were having one of those 'after dinner pudding cravings' which saw us rooting to the back of the cupboard where we had stashed the Easter eggs ready for the weekend. Paul's egg was in fact a giant white chocolate Easter bunny. The bunny now no longer has ears or a face. We felt bad, momentarily, for the demise of poor Peter but, hey, it's Easter time! A time for ribbons, and bright foil-wrapped eggs and sunshine and treats.
It's at this time of year that everything turns blue for me. Not because I'm feeling sad - far from it - but because I remember my art teacher once telling me that his favourite colour ever had to be duck egg blue. Since then, Easter has always been a lovely shade of soft turquoise-blue in my minds eye. But it's not often that you'll see signs of a blue egg. The shards of egg shell that we find flung in to the garden as a hungry chick barges its way out of it's casing are usually white or speckled-brown. Or there are the tiny rows of yellow eggs glued to the underside of cabbage leaves deposited by weightless white butterflies and the crisp black packages known as Mermaid's purse that you find washed up at the beach; in fact the egg cases of sharks or skate. Isn't it amazing how nature has found so many different shape and sizes for eggs - something for all occasions and for all beasties.
Avocet checking on the next generation. Photo Credit: Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com)
So, this Easter do as Mother Nature does and think outside the (egg) box. Sit up, take a breath and take the next step. Already an RSPB member? Join us as a volunteer! A seasoned Big Garden Bird Watch participant? Have you tried Make Your Nature Count? First time visiting our reserves? Donate and buy one of our lovely pin badges!
Have a great long weekend and regardless of the weather make the most of this Easter time!
All the best from your Communications Team in the East - Erica, Aggie, Adam, Rachael & Janet
Another lovely blog! Think I may have dunnocks nesting in my garden hedge again this year so fingers x'd! Did my little step for nature again today and bought a swallow pin badge while down at the Lodge for a meeting, saw a beautiful swallow while driving down. This is to add to the green woodpecker one I got on Sunday after getting a really close look at one! Next steps will be a bit of wildlife gardening over the Easter break and some reserve volunteering in May! Come on guys, little steps can lead to big changes :-)