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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:05 pm

This week marks the anniversary of the St Asaph floods of 2012 and right on cue the Elwy flooded over its banks last weekend leaving a high-water mark of debris in the meadow next to the allotments.
We took our dog Lottie there this morning for the first time since last Friday as it's been far too muddy of late!
We re-acquainted ourselves with the lovely beach at Rhyl last week and again on Tuesday and discovered absolutely millions of razor fish shells, heaps of them two feet high in places and stretching for miles along the shore.
I'm not sure if this is some ecological disaster or a natural occurrence but I've never seen razor shells (and a lot of cockle shells) in these vast proportions before. We also found a freshly dead Velvet Scoter, a lovely marine duck beside a dead Razorbill on the shore.
Strange they should be together like that and both quite unmarked?
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:04 pm

BIRDS AT WINTER NIGHTFALL

Around the house the flakes fly faster,
And all the berries now are gone
From holly and cotonea-aster
Around the house. The flakes fly ! _faster
Shutting indoors that crumb-outcaster
We used to see upon the lawn
Around the house. The flakes fly faster,
And all the berries now are gone!

Thomas Hardy



It's that time of year when the birdies become more apparent in their search for food, this coupled with the leaves rapidly disappearing from the trees makes them more visible to us.
With this in mind I ordered 25 kgs of sunflower hearts and 12.6kgs of suet pellets with mealworms, from a company I've not used before, Hopewell's Feeds based in Rotherham Yorks.
The cheapest on t'internet at £41.24p delivered! and most amazing, I ordered at 4.00pm yesterday and they arrived 10.35am this morning unbelievably quick and cheap.
Now is a good time to clean and disinfect your bird boxes if you haven't done them already ( Jeyes fluid is excellent) as they could be used as winter roosts by smaller birds.
I've found bluetits have used them as communal roosts in the past but Wrens, Great tits, Long Tailed Tits, even sparrows use them on occasion and of course they're ready for next years nesting season.

Picture here is for inspiration for Colin, my last plums of the year picked on 16th October 2017, tasty Marjorie's Seedling plums, of course.
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:57 pm

The midweek full moon has brought the inevitable high spring tides with it this last couple of days, 10 metres earlier in week but waning, 9.6 metres, 31.5 ft. this morning.
Coupled with the aftermath of Hurricane Caroline hitting us the last 24 hours it made for an interesting walk at Rhyl beach this morning.
We started off by the theatre but only managed a mile or so before the South Westerly gale force wind whipping great clouds of dry sand in our faces forced us off the beach, it was like being grit-blasted, it really stung our faces and got into our eyes. The last straw was little Lottie our dog, a lot lower down she was in the thick of it and had a coughing sneezing fit in a particularly bad blast so we picked her up and hurriedly came off by the RNLI Station. The only two other dog walkers on the beach did the same.
This mornings very high tide with an onshore gale behind it had dumped a right load of flotsam and jetsam at the top of their concrete lifeboat launching ramp and strewn it through on to the promenade, this along with quite a few tons of sand. That'll take some clearing!
The stormy weather and big tides this week has dissipated or should that be re-distributed the millions of razor fish shells from the beach at Rhyl, there were hardly any left this morning!

Our bird feeders are all back on stream and it doesn't take long for the jungle (woodland) telegraph to kick in. Niger seed feeder for Goldfinches, sunflower hearts Greenfinches, Sparrows, and all the tits, fat balls for Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Suet pellets with mealworms, anything and everything eats them, but particularly Robins Wrens and Chaffinches love them.
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:08 pm

Our suet pellets have been popular the last few days, we put some in ground feeder for the chaffinches and I caught the picture below of a charming little bird, a Long Tailed Tit. They rarely keep still for long and hang around in small groups constantly flitting quickly about. The messy Goldfinches and Greenfinches spread a lot of food out from feeders so there's always food for the ground feeding birds, see below, the birds in snow under feeders are a Woodpigeon, a Blackbird, several Chaffinches and a Brambling. We had a solitary Fieldfare about most of the afternoon, it checked out the bare holly tree then dropped down into garden to eat cotoneaster berries growing low down. Try as I might all I got was blurry out of focus pic's as it seemed quite nervous. Try again tomorrow if the snow sticks around?
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:43 pm

WINTER

Clouded with snow
The cold winds blow,
And shrill on leafless bough
The robin with its burning breast
Alone sings now.

The rayless sun,
Day's journey done,
Sheds its last ebbing light
On fields in leagues of beauty spread
Unearthly white.

Thick draws the dark,
And spark by spark,
The frost-fires kindle and soon
Over that sea of frozen foam
Floats the white moon.

Walter de la Mare


I thought this poem suited the weather we have experienced this week, starting off with a full moon last week then experiencing the heavy snows from last Friday.
Our village of Trefnant made the national news last Saturday the 9th, a picture on the front page of the Western Mail of a Denbigh Council gritter skidded off the road in the snow the previous day.
How lucky we were!
7.45am on Friday we were going to Denbigh to drop our dog off to be minded all day, we found the road was blocked by a van stuck in snow on hill by village so we decided to keep the dog with us.
We turned our car around and as we did so the gritter passed us.
Apparently it must have gotten past van then on through village and skidded off the A525 just a half mile on by Griffith's huge dairy farm. Due to traffic disruptions from snow, it took us over two hours to get to Upholland in West Lanc's.
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