Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Present this morning were:
2 blue tits
2 coal tits
4 great tits
The robin has taken food from the hand since November. One great tit has recently started feeding from the hand and another plus the chaffinch look likely to follow. (The robin is not too pleased about this.)
Interestingly my home bird table's most frequent visitors are quite different - long tailed tits and a pair of blackcaps.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Friday, 20 February 2009
Stags on both sides of the barbed wire
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Photos in these woods are not always successful, the light being awkward (see this post). But maybe some places should be reserved for the naked eye.
The other Shakespearean witches are Paddock, Graymalkin and Anon, not far away in from the heath (and the bog).
One of the new developments highlighted (literally) is the installation of unnecessary street lighting on Baslow Road. Another is the one we have regularly drawn attention to here - the new Fairthorn block of appartments. Below are two pictures, one taken before the demolition of the old building and the other taken yesterday. Note the roof of the old building and that of the new. The steep pitch of the old Fairthorn was in character and somehow managed to temper the size of the building.
Monday, 16 February 2009
The area below Cowsick is in one of its spates. Much of this water would previously have sped through to the stream, through the grip channel which was dammed some years back by SWT.
This wood may be small but it's one of the most atmospheric parts of Blacka. It has disadvantages, proximity to the road and being surrounded by rhododendron, but it easily rises above them. In fact the circlet of the alien evergreen seems to protect it from the road not just by distance but by years. It may not be ancient but there's a great sense of mystery here. The tree above is an Arthur Rackham one, best not met on a dark night.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
The next return was the deer prints in the snow, quite large ones found all over the moor.
I've seen no prints at all while the snow was around so assumed they had moved to lower ground. But the deer this morning were found in the woods sheltered from the wind.
He actually turned up yesterday but is now properly back in the routine. Where he's been getting his meals is a mystery. Now the blackbird and chaffinch who had moved in during his absence will have to be made to understand who is the real proprietor
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Perhaps the grazier will have been down to leave some supplementary food although no sign of vehicle tracks. Still even farmers have been known to walk occasionally. And there are various nutritional licks scattered around in containers.
Witches Broom is birch's Christmas Tree bauble. It is caused by a fungus usually introduced by a tiny mite. The effect is similar to the oak apple, but instead of the woody ball the birch sends out a cluster of small twiggy branches.
Friday, 13 February 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
The top of Blacka Hill had the hardest frost and is where the deepest drifts are found. Bertie was happy to find he could walk on top without sinking in. Even my 12 stone and size tens managed this for several minutes before finally sinking up to the knees.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Beech and Oak are the wise old trees of English woods....
..... a triumph of hope.