Not sure what it is like elsewhere but wow, here in Wakkerstroom we are feeling the chill of winter very close. Today, as has been this week, 6th April when we should be enjoying mild, clear, lovely days, the maximum temperature is just 16 deg – and again it has been a heavily overcast, drizzly day. I love this sort of weather normally but can do without the cold that has come with this spell. I mean, if it rained properly that would be more than acceptable as it has been a low rainfall summer.
And one wonders what the animals do when it is so chilly. The grasslands are littered with very small, new white lambs – the pre-winter batch, but surely such cold is not expected – hope they make it. The farmers reasoning is that the lambs born now are by winter, old enough to withstand the cold and those that make it are strong animals!
The cranes? Well they are – somewhere! The Grey Crowned Cranes of the Wakkerstroom wetland are mostly still here with juveniles although probably not for much longer but the Blues – three times, in 3 different directions over 5 days, I went looking for at least small flocks and in the hopes of seeing youngsters with them – and except for one pair with a fledged young still in their breeding site, I did not see any cranes! They of course are somewhere but this is when the longing for a really good trailer bearing a microlight is to the fore of my thoughts!