This jackdaw insisted on trying to eat peanuts while perching on the clothes line. Every time it leaned forward to peck at the nuts it lost balance and toppled too far forward. Nevertheless it persisted for a long time.
The world may not have ended yesterday, but it certainly feels like the second flood is upon us. The Inny, which is usually a timid little river, has become a raging torrent. This is only the second time in 20 years that I have seen this meadow flooded. It does clean and scour the meadows and I guess lays down some fresh silt. The high volume of water created the standing waves seen in the bottom photo.For some comparison with quieter times it is worth browsing through the pictures linked to the Inny label below.When I looked through them today it made me realise what a wonderful rich little place this is and how much pleasure it gives me
It is turning cold and food is getting scarce so buzzards increasingly turn to road kill to keep themselves going through the winter. Their problem is that they are not the most nimble of birds and are slow to take off and can easily get hit by passing vehicles. A lot of young buzzards die at this time of year either of starvation or road accidents.
Our village glimpsed through the few trees left from the great larch cull along the side of the road running into the village. The flash of orange is caused by the morning sun shining on the ends of the larch logs.
not snowy but damp enough for these common and edible mushrooms to appear in our paddock. Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case, another mushroom Ivory Funnel, grows in much the same places and is similar but extremely poisonous, so we won't be having them for breakfast.
This is a view I never wanted to see. Our village was surrounded by conifer plantations and mixed deciduous woods. Suddenly we have a new view of the village through the woods especially at night driving home. This is because the larch trees have been cut down. They are the host of a fungus, phytophthorum ramorum (see link), that has suddenly become rampant and is killing trees. It is a threat to our native oak, and the removal of larch is part of a scorched earth policy to prevent its spread. Unfortunately we are also at the beginning of an epidemic of fungal disease in our ash trees. We have lost 90% of all our elms, and there are threats to horse chestnuts and other trees (see link). Perhaps mother Earth is trying to shrug us off, or maybe we should stop importing all foreign plant species just to make money.
At Burell farm today where a friend keeps some horses. It is the site of an old tudor house, now in ruins, and its origins go back to William the Conqueror. The yard is full of animals large and small.
Waiting to munch,one colourful goldfinch and one not so drab house sparrow, as it happens and probably for the best, they prefer separate feeders although most birds appear to follow some sort of bird table etiquette at least between species.
These mushrooms have appeared in our paddock. As far as I know this is the first time they have appeared. It is very hard to identify mushrooms without some expertise but I think these might be sheathed woodtufts (who knows?). No wonder we don't eat wild mushrooms. There seem to be more mushrooms around this year than for some time so it looks like it may be a good year for fungi.