An Evening Stroll

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar
Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar 

I managed a short evening stroll today (Saturday) with my youngest boy (middle child) Toby, we decided to go out and see what, if any owls we could spot on a short walk to the river along to the old water mill and back home, and it was one of my nicest walks.

Talkative Child

I’m not going to say the wildlife watching was on fire because quite frankly it wasn’t, although 50 to 100 hirundines all gathered together (mainly House Martins) was a sight to behold. No what made this walk for me was just how chatty and interested Toby was in it all, he hasn’t always shown enthusiasm but really seemed keen.
The questions flowed all the way around, what is the biggest bird in the country?, how can you tell calls apart? as well as many others (some I struggled to answer!) as did the enthusiasm to learn all about what we were hearing and looking at, it made me really proud as a dad to know I have brought such a wonderful, intelligent and inquisitive child into the world.

Final Glory

Just as we were approaching home, Tby spotted (in the dull evening light) two Cinnabar Moth caterpillars in amongst the weeds, something that brought immense pride to Toby at the end of our short walk.

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