Tuesday 28 October 2014

The crowd of birds eating berries in the yew tree near Peter Pan was joined by a Mistle Thrush. The berries are beginning to run out, except on the side of the tree facing the path, which is too exposed for the birds' comfort when people are passing. But a wet day with no people will see that corrected.

In contrast, the heavily berried rowan trees on Buck Hill were deserted except for a Carrion Crow.

One of these trees has far more berries than the others in the group, but the birds have been visiting it less. Perhaps there is some difference of flavour or ripeness.

A pair of Nuthatches came down to take pine nuts off the fence of the leaf yard.

A large flock of Long-Tailed Tits passed along the side of the Long Water near Peter Pan.

Below them, some Moorhens were having a fight, in which as many as four joined at one time, as well as a Coot. Moorhens and Coots fight in the same way, leaning back and kicking their opponents, and then jumping on to them.

The male Little Owl was out on his usual branch enjoying the warm sunshine.

The male Tawny Owl also came out on his favourite spot on the broken trunk of the nest tree. The flies that had been plaguing him seemed to have gone away.

But no sooner had he settled down than he was harassed by half a dozen Magpies. One of them actually flew over to attack him directly, and the owl quickly retreated into his hole. Here the aggressive Magpie shouts down at him.

It is probably not a good idea to go so close to an angry owl, and I was surprised when the owl retreated, as it could easily have slashed the magpie with its powerful talons.


  1. Have the Mandarins gone elsewhere? I haven't seen them for a few days. Sue

  2. Nor me , yesterday?
    Also, we were landed upon by loads of ladybirds, sadly not a single native one...

  3. The Mandarins often disappear for a while. Usually they are in the bushes on the far side of the Long Water from Peter Pan, to the right of the line of posts.