Well, much to my chagrin, BBC Two’s SpringWatch 2012 ended today about 13 minutes ago and I feel incredibly sad. I will miss watching the owls and the sandpipers, the blue tits and the tree creepers, the mammal stump and the cygnets. This was really a lovely program and the live cams had me glued for weeks now. I watched eggs hatch, tiny little baby birds emerge. I witnessed busy parent birds feeding their birds and keeping them nice and warm. I watched the owlets grow from fluffy white puffs of downy love to little owls. They danced and moved their heads about in the most adorable, funny ways. I waited anxiously with countless others to see the first feed of the night, every night! I saw the ten little blue tits growing into blue fluffy fatlings, then watched as one died, then woke up to five more gone (in only four HOURS!!!). Yes! I watched that much! I saw the remaining four huddle together for warmth and bravely fledge into the world to start their own little birdy lives. I really grew attached to many of these little birds. I saw weasels prey on little hatchlings as happens in nature. And cat attacks. A goldcrest chick fell and we never did find out what happened to it.
SpringWatch was the best “reality tv” I’ve ever watched. I can’t wait for AutumnWatch and SpringWatch 2013! I hope to see my little owlets again next year! And if you hurry, you can watch the 1 hour shows for a week or so longer. They are all saved on the site. You can watch them here.