I've had exams these past few days, but I have found wildlife and the outdoors to be very helpful in relieving stress. All too often I get headaches and my eyes become sore from revision and using the computer, so I make the effort to go out into my garden to give my eyes a break, which then helps me to work more productively.
On Tuesday it was very windy, but I went into my garden and spent some time admiring the aerial acrobatic displays of the Swifts over my house and observing the common garden birds. The weather on Wednesday was much more like the June weather we've been waiting for, and as I came out of my exam a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over me, which was lovely to see. I've also started to see a Dunnock regularly going back and forth with food into a hedge in my front garden, so there must be a nest in there somewhere.
Today I decided to listen to the birds on my way to school instead of my music, which I must admit is something I should be doing anyway. If I had had my headphones in I wouldn't have heard a woodpecker on my way to the bus - as I turned around and another Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over me. When I got home I spent the afternoon basking in the sun in my garden, it was boiling so I soaked up as much of the sun as I could! I relaxed watching the Bees, Swifts and amusing battles between the Feral and Wood Pigeons over the bird feeders. A very pleasant afternoon!
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.