Thursday, 21 October 2010

Autumn watch 2

A few cold nights, including the first frost and some lovely, cool but sunny days have given the woods a very Autumnal feel.
The Fallow deer rut is definately taking place as the Bucks have been heard grunting in the evenings, they sound like a huge pig! An early morning or evening walk may result in you being able to hear it for yourself.
Beech leaves are still turning, some trees are still completely green whilst others are almost entirely brown, the cold weather this week should really get things moving.
Fieldfare and Redwing are moving into the area in search of fruit such as Hawthorn berries. The Jackdaws are still circling over Lea Quarry in the evenings providing a great sight and sounds.
Flocks of Goldfinch can be seen feeding on the dried flowerheads in the Much Wenlock National Trust car park.
Other birds seen this week include; Marsh tit, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Chaffinch, Treecreeper, Nuthatch.

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