But first, forsythia, harbinger of spring. Just breaking out on the way into Kenwood….
I did nip down my favourite path to the heath this morning, but I was rather later than intended so the rush hour, in as much as we have a rush hour these days, was already in full swing. As a result, the best birdsong video I managed to get was when I was quite long way down then path and standing still trying to find the birds in the trees. This does mean that anyone watching who suffers from vertigo might feel a bit queasy…. But it is very short and you can close your eyes!
Hopefully, I will get the hang of it soon and things will improve!
However, you might be interested in the reason that I was late.
A couple of years ago I signed up for a dementia study in the over 70s with UCL. Basically they call up once a year and spend half an hour asking you dementia type questions – who is prime minister (not hard today!), do you clean our own house, how many animals can you name in 2 minutes etc etc. But yesterday I got called by another team at UCL who are researching immune status in relation to COVID-19 and especially in the older age group. They had found us cohort of dementia subjects, all already signed up and ready to go – and the perfect age group for their immune status studies. So were we prepared to help? It only involved a blood sample and a swab. So, obviously, I said yes – but therefore had to coordinate my bird recordings with their visit to take their samples. Apparently they will call me weekly for a report. Watch this space!
I did get out again later, but by that time I was running late so only have two brief offerings – more unidentified spring tree blossoms?……
And just to reassure you that all is well with the swan mum, snoozing peacefully in her nest.
Meanwhile, Barbara has been out snapping local floral offerings – more tomorrow….
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