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Sun, Frost, Ponies and Reminders.

Sunday, November 26th 2017

Totally unrelated pieces today.  Although cold the sun catches trees, seed heads, berries and leaves.  

Sun through the autumn leaves

Late in the afternoon the sun was catching the Mallards on the lake.  At one count there were 21 of them.

Sun catching the Mallards on the lake

Frost is beautiful to see.  Over the last few days the frost has coated parts of the reserve, but not everywhere. Some of the vegetation stands out frost covered.  This small Holly tree sapling was in the right place to be heavily covered by frost.

Holly tree

A fern frond lying on the ground caught not only the frost but the sun too.

Fern covered in frost

It was moving day for the ponies.  They are doing an excellent job on the heath.  We moved them from the small heath back into the largest paddock and they did appreciate a change of scene.  They were very calm walking across the road.  They always seem much bigger when there is not a fence between them and me!

Moving ponies

Once into their different paddock they kicked up their heels and had a little gallop around before resuming browsing.

Browsing

Now the reminders.  It is Worky Day on Saturday 2nd December.  If you have not yet put your name down and wish to come, please do so as soon as possible so that we can order the meals. 

Foxglove Calendars are for sale, at £6, from the Field Centre.

Our Christmas Raffle is up and running.  If you wish to contribute to the hampers then please take your gift to the Field Centre.  Tickets are on sale there too.

And finally if you wish to come to the Christmas Party on Wednesday 13th December, more details on the events page, again please contact the Field Centre to reserve your place.

Exciting news just in.  The bird ringers were ringing at another site today and retrapped a Reed Bunting, X562426.  This was checked on IPMR and the bird was first ringed in January 2012 as an adult, so it is at least 9 year old. 


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