The clocks have now gone back meaning less time after school for getting out and finding wildlife.
After Halloween we put the pumpkins in the garden full of bird food and watched them being visited by the Wood mice, Coal tits, a Robin, Great tits, Pigeons and a Crow. I wished I’d got a photo of the crow sat on top of the pumpkin as it would have made a great Halloween photo.
The Redwings and Fieldfares are arriving on my local patch in greater numbers and I can’t wait for when we drive down the road out of the village surrounded by flocks of them flying alongside the car.
I’ve been trying to get out with my camera after school if it has been a sunny afternoon as the light as been amazing just before the sun sets.
The five Roe deer have been in their normal spots and look brilliant as the sun light shines off the their red summer coat before it turns much greyer for the winter.
Two Red Kites have started roosting in one of the tall trees right on the edge of the copse and hunting early morning opposite my house.
While out walking we came across a white pheasant, a leucistic bird. I did a bit of research on white pheasants and found out that that there are lots of different rules about white pheasants depending on the different shooting syndicates.
Some are a fine if you hit the white pheasant or a fine if you shoot at the white pheasant but miss. Some shoots say a bottle of port if you hit the white pheasant. Some won’t allow you to shoot the white pheasant until after Christmas.
I felt so sorry for this poor bird trying its hardest to hide under a hedge, although from a distance it did look like a plastic bag or milk carton.
The League of Cruel Sports have an article on game bird shooting