16 November 2011

Fieldfares and Redwings

Visited Martin's Meadows today (16th November) and the flocks of fieldfares and redwings have descended to feast on the plentiful supply of fruit in the orchards and hedgerows.

A definite favourite seems to be shepherd's bullace. Although past it's best, the combination of the yellowing leaves and almost translucent pinkish fruit seems to glow in the autumn sunlight, acting like a beacon to the birds. The white berries of the snowberry near the entrance also seem to be high up on their menu - my arrival on site is greeted by a flurry of wings and fieldfare chattering as they leave the base of the snowberry bushes to watch me from the safety of the tops of a nearby ash .

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