On the way to check on the Snowdrops in the wood, I came across a dead bird, like a wader, on the path – with no apparent cause of death. My initial thought was Woodcock, even though I’d never seen one before. Having checked in the bird book, I’m sure that is what it is.
Snowdrops are out.
We’ve been feeding the birds and have a great range; 5 species of tits and 3 of finches. Even the blackbirds and hedge sparrows manage to use the feeder. However we also have pheasants, including one female which seems to lined up nicely to be made into dinner.
We are just back from a wonderful sunny walk 7 miles walk, with a bit of snow and mud, which was frozen in places so easier going. Stopped at the Hamilton Arms, Stedham, for a lunchtime snack – very welcome.
I’ve been a bit busy, or slack, so this is the first post in a while.
A few sad sights in the woodland with quite a few young ash trees, including coppice stools, affected by and succumbing to ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea). Here’s the evidence. I hope some of the very old coppiced ash trees, which must be a few hundred years old, don’t die.
On a better note, I managed to catch a dragonfly sunbathing on an oak.
In November 2015 we cut down some collapsing Wild Damson
which was taken away by a Worker in Wood , Colin Norgate ( http://www.colinnorgate.co.uk/ ) Excellent craftsmanship.
It’s now in the process of being dried and looks very interesting. I’m about to supply some ash, I hope that works out as well.