A Lovely Day

Saturday, September 16th 2017

Apart from a couple of showers late in the afternoon it was a lovely, slightly blustery, day at Foxglove.  There were many visitors who enjoyed walking around and visiting the Field Centre.  One young boy had come in to gather information and photos to help with his homework on trees and forests.  A little girl was looking to identify some trees, flowers and birds to help towards a nature badge for Brownies.  Both went away with some activity sheets, photos and leaves to help them.

Walking around doing the weekend jobs takes a planned route to include the mink rafts, hides and water inlets.  It also gives opportunities to see what is around.  Common Darters and Speckled Woods sunbathed and flitted from sunny spot to sunny spot.  A Southern Hawker checked us out at the pond dipping platform - no chance of a photo!  Standing out today were the autumn colours and fruits.

Down by the bullet catcher pond, the Norway Maple (I hope I have the correct ID) was changing to lovely reds and yellows and the seeds were standing out.  These will soon 'helicopter' to the ground.

Norway Maple

Elderberries are shiny black.

Elderberries

Our tree ID is coming along slowly but surely.  We will have to look at the twigs and buds over winter.  Thankfully the trees don't move!  We have identified Buckthorn, Alder Buckthorn and Wayfaring Tree.  All we had to find was the Whitebeam, which we did today!  It was noticeable that the fruits had already been eaten.

Whitebbeam

Hawthorn berries are making a beautiful show on the trees, bright red and glossy.  I suspect that they are not quite ripe yet as no birds have been noticed in the trees.  Our Blackbirds and Song Thrushes along with migrant Blackbirds, Fieldfares and Redwings will soon clear the trees later in the autumn.

Hawthorn berries

Walking through the Scrapes we spotted the slight opening of a Yellow Flag Iris seed pod.  I remember trying to open one of these pods to show the seeds to some children and thinking I should have brought a carving knife and board to open it.  The pod is extremely tough.

Yellow Flag Iris seed pod


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