Why?

Friday, December 30th 2016

Why was Roger in first thing this morning making a collection of hammers, string, furling sticks, radios, large net bags and the lantern?  The reason being, the bird ringers were heading to another site to a Curlew roost and these were some of the things needed. 

Why was Colin looking puzzled?  His reply on return to the Field Centre was that he was trying to work out where the nuts and bolt from the perches on the longer feeder may have fallen. A mystery.  It has now, along with the nut feeder from the back garden, been taken by Colin to be repaired.  Thank you for filling the feeders and repairing the damage!

Colin looking puzzled

Monthly flower walks take place throughout the year.  A huge thank you to everyone who has helped with this recording.  Today the walk resulted in two flowers, Honeysuckle and Daisy.  I think this may be the lowest number of flowers recorded in December, but I will check. 

Honeysuckle

We walked along Risedale Beck and carefully examined the hillsides, to no avail, no Primroses.  Why did we see some here one year in November, but never again until their 'proper' time of flowering?  

There is a Hazel tree near the Stone Pile.  Its catkins always open early.  Why?  As no female flowers could be found, it is surely a waste of pollen.  When we are puzzled by a problem like this, we keep a watchful eye on developments. 

Catkins

Near the Voley Ponds, Hazel catkins are very small and as yet undeveloped.

Catkins

And finally, a less serious WHY.  Why is the light always in the wrong place and the birds hidden behind lots of branches????

Birds behind branches


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