Welcome to my blog. My name is Sean Locke from Norwich and I am autistic. But this does not stop my passion for nature and wildlife. I am a volunteer for RSPB Strumpshaw Fen and I also help out at Mousehold Heath with surveys and I birdwatch whenever I can. Since 2011, i have been writing a wildlife diary filled with my adventures, drawings and photos. Now i have decided to go online to share with you all.
Sunday, 27 March 2016
March 27th Felbrigg Hall
It has been a very chilly Easter Sunday with strong blustery winds and yet I was at Felbrigg Hall for a family picnic. I was with my parents, my two brothers, Frazer and Jake and Frazer's fiancee, Laura for this outing and it was freezing. We went for a walk afterwards to the lake and saw plenty of daffodils and primroses, but not a lot of birds.
From a bridge near the lake, toads were everywhere. They were busy mating and producing strings of spawn. It appears that the frogs have already been busy here too as clumps of frogspawn were floating on the surface. There was no sign of the frogs though as it seems the breeding season for them is now over. They have produced their spawn and have dispersed from the lake. For the toads, however, the breeding season is well under way. The smaller males were wrapping themselves around the backs of the much larger females with the most dominant male winning the rights to fertilize her eggs. Frazer wanted a closer look at one, so he gently caught one for me before releasing it back into the lake.
The weather then turned and it started to rain. Actually, it wasn't just raining but chucking it down. We got absolutely soaked! Our clothes were wet through! It ended up being an Easter washout, I am so glad to be back home and dry again.