29th November

A lovely crisp morning and the ponds have a small amount of ice, still a few Mallards, Tufted, Teal and the pair of Swans with the last remaining Cygnet, which is starting to gain the white feathers. The large Egret has not been seen for a couple of weeks now and the Herons have also disappeared, it maybe the food is easier somewhere else.

The farmer has replaced the grey bull with a black one and he’s even bigger, see photo.

There are a couple of resident Lapwings in the field adjacent Earnse Park and with the frozen ground, food must be hard to find, but this morning one of them managed to catch a worm, see photos.

On the way down the path from the tip we often see a pair of Stonechats and this morning the male was having difficulty balancing.

Bob and Bri

Star Gel

Here we go again, the translucent gel has arrived, still no definitive source.
In the BBC Nature’s Weirdest Events, Series 4, episode 3, (January 14, 2015) Chris Packham showed a specimen of "star jelly" and had it sent to the Natural History Museum, London for a DNA analysis by Dr. David Bass who confirmed it was from a frog. He also found some traces of magpie on the jelly which may point to the demise of the frog.

From the size of our deposits it would be a giant frog.

The white fungus on the Chaffinches legs is still quite prevalent, the attached photo shows an extremely bad case.

Bob and Bri

Saturday 5th November

November is here and with it the first snows, last year it didn’t arrive until the 21st.

The birds are slowly returning to the feeders, it’s a pleasant place to sit and watch the birds, as long as there are no cows.

Bob and Bri