It was a glorious day to be out with autumn colours glowing in the afternoon sun. Sloes, haws and hips still clung to the bushes providing the birds with food. The tide was high and just about to turn, the water calm, and a steel grey colour – a seal caused ripples as it swam close to shore making it’s way towards the mouth of the river.
Two mute swans were on the lake at Creeksea giving us the best sighting we have had there, as previously we have seen only gulls and a duck. The copses planted a few years ago are now growing well. There was plenty of mole activity especially on the lawn of the house adjacent to the Parlour Café.
During the afternoon the sun lowered beneath a line of cloud giving a red glow in the south-west; as our eyes followed the horizon north, the colours turned to pale blue with shades of orange and soft yellow; chattering brent geese flying over completed the picture
With many leaves now fallen the remains of empty bird’s nests were clearly visible. Sadly the hedges on the south side of the caravan park have been ‘enthusiastically’ cut back but hopefully the leaf cover will return in time for next year’s nesting season. The dyke has once again become overgrown and needs attention.
Next Meeting – Saturday 30th December 11.00 am meet in the marina car park
Birds: Robin, Blackbird, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Jay, Wood Pigeon, Kestrel, Black-headed & Herring Gulls, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Mallard, Little Egret, Mute Swans, Brent Geese
Flowers: Bristly Ox-tongue, Scentless Mayweed, Ragwort, White Campion, Yarrow, Spear Thistle, Daisy, Red Deadnettle, Groundsel, Gorse, Wild Radish Canadian Fleabane, Smooth Sowthistle.
Other: Mole activity, Hips, Haws, Sloes, Seal.