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Our rural view of the storm clouds to the east shortly before sunset.
Behind the main pond the Viburnum Birkwoodii bushes have come into flower. The flower heads are always untidy as you see here, but the splashes of colour from the house are lovely and the perfume greets you 10 metres downwind.
A Jay makes its fairly reliable annual re-appearance, here in a particularly nice pose on the tree-stump where we most often see it.
Here our Barn Owl lands with the Alulae both prominent half way along the top of each wing as the bird slows to almost nothing to touch-down.
This Barn Owl visit (the second of two a few minutes apart) had a very active hunting
approach you see here below the landing. It was full moon, so the Owl was undoubtedly
looking as well as listening for prey.
For the single image above we 'Photoshopped' out the sprouting corn stem that detracted from the symmetry. We need a ladder or steps to 'weed' the top of the pole so it tends to get left.
As the leaf canopy thins the light penetrating the inside of the woodland gradually increases, here illuminating a Grey Squirrel against a still black background.
Surely there can't be many more corn cobs for the Grey squirrels to find from the harvested and re-sown field.
Before sunrise we have a heavy dew as this Robin stands on his breakfast.
A few fleeting glimpses of Goldfinches is augmented by this self portrait as one comes in to land.
Male and female Yellowhammers in the farm hedge are back for the winter.
Discontinuities in hedge cut height result from both thick wood and unevenness in the ground that the tractor is trundling over. Here we think the cutter hit the heavy branch on the left side - it cuts this side left to right.
Through the rows of Lombardy Poplars down the Farm Road we see this sunrise with the sun still hidden by the rise of the land.
3 minutes later from the top of the rise we see this angry sunrise.
'Red Sky in Morning - Shepherds warning' they say and is often right, but the day turned out not too bad.
A White Wagtail on our Roof, the first seen in 10 months Here it is having a stretch on the roof ridge.
The White Wagtail was dodging backward and forwards over the ridge you see above, with
us following it like sheep!
Pied Wagtails have Black backs
White Wagtails have Grey Backs (as here)
Grey Wagtails have Yellow Chests
Is it any wonder people get confused!
This Carrion Crow perched on one of the other 3 high voltage cables pecked awkwardly at something held against the wire by one foot. When it took off we finally saw what was in the beak - some sort of small limb bone. Whether Bird, Mammal or Rodent we have no idea. Well it is a Carrion Crow!
At the same scale and in similar positions you can here compare (left to right) the Female Chaffinch, Great Tit and Blue Tit.
The influx of migrant Blackbirds with Black rather than yellow beaks has arrived. Here we can see that the inside of the beak is (to us the more normal) yellow.
The male immigrant Blackbird has a really black coating on the beak, but the female of the same type sports a brown coating.
The multitude of Grey Squirrels all seem to enjoy scraping out cooked chestnut husks. Meanwhile they are busy burying whole Horse Chestnuts for consumption in the winter.
The wildlife is still finding whole corn cobs in the harvested, harrowed and re-sown field adjacent to our access track. We estimate that at least 200 mostly eaten cobs are scattered over our patch. Here another third or so of a cob is taken away to be 'dismantled'.
Rabbit with carrot - just like endless illustrations in children's books.
Rabbits don't store food against future need, but then the grass they mostly
eat doesn't go away.
A leaf happens to have been falling at the moment of exposure just above the Rabbits left front leg.
The Autumn continues to produce a succession of different Fungi in the grass area outside our east boundary. We have had a go at identifying this interesting shape - see label.
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