Showing posts from November, 2013

Leaving no stone unturned

One of the first lessons I learned when I started bird watching nearly forty years ago was that where a bird is and what it is doing is often enough to know exactly what species you are looking at even if you cannot see its plumage markings and colouring. This is actually true of many types of wildlife, especially some insects, but it is most noticeable with some species of birds.

Admirable autumn activity

I know the BBC Naturewatch team enthuse over autumn and what a wonderful time of year it is and I can understand their point but I find autumn very sad! I suppose it is because my main nature loves are insects and the flowers they feed on and as autumn draws on so both of these are lost until the following spring.

Gallant little soldier on parade

What a gallant little soldier this plant is! Despite it now being November with strong winds and frequent rain this small flower is doing its best to keep its head up. It has been flowering around here since August and I suspect it will take a frost or two to see it off.