Friday, September 16th 2016

We have had some mixed weather recently. Yesterday started off damp and foggy. Some of the bird ringers spent the entire day ringing meadow pipits and watched the day develop from a cold foggy start, through a hot and sunny day, then finally watched the sun disappear back into an autumnal bank of fog again in the evening.

At Foxglove today, the day started with pouring rain and more fog. Colin braved the weather to fill the bird feeders, for which we are very grateful, while the reserve managers took the opportunity to catch up on some indoor tasks. Later it brightened up and we headed out to do a few outdoor tasks. Whilst out I couldn’t help notice that autumn really seems to be on the way. Here are a few pictures to show this.

The Hawthorn berries have turned a lovely red.

Many of the Blackberries are now ripe.

The orchard has now been strimmed and the grass raked off, so is no longer showing the colours of a summer meadow and instead looks rather bare.

In the orchard itself, the Pears are ripening.

Some of the Apples are already ripe and have started to become dinner for some of our birds. Once the birds have broken the skin, this opens up the apples to a whole host of creatures including this Wasp.

The Beech trees are just starting to change colour.

I always think these are some of the prettiest autumn trees as each branch changes so neatly, every leaf in the correct order from green through to brown, from tip to trunk.

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