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That Time of Year

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kitchen froglet
Seems it’s that time of year when all the froglets come into the house . . . 
(Rana temporaria temporaria again)

later gosling

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And another. One of this year’s brood came right in by the house, not yet bothered by humanlike things and their strange doings.

a barnacle gosling standing by a road on a grainy morning a banacle gosling standing by a road on a grainy morning

The flock have been sticking aound late in the morning recently, perhaps because the children are growing, but especially on grey drizzly days like today.

a barnacle gosling standing by the side of a road, looking at the camera

It wandered round a while occasionally trying to decide about me. Eventually an adult called from the field and . . . bye then.

a barnacle gosling running to take off

morning goose

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A goose flew over the fence the other morning, beaked around a bit, and flew back when a van approached.

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Red Dock

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Rumex obtusifolius leaf on grass Rumex obtusifolius leaf on path

Rumex obtusifolius

Doing well this year. Or at least, doing red.


Another Bird in the Hand

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Sooty
Sturnus vulgaris zetlandicus, a bit soot-stained

Another one. This one, as so often, in the stove. Not sure how long it was there, probably less than a day. A bit more cantankerous than the last, and a bit sooty. (These two things may be related.) You’d think birds would have the sense not to fly down a dark reeky hole, but then it’s been so warm this year that even in mid-December we haven’t had the fire on. I suppose we should light it if only to make it smell a bit more daunting.


Evening Waxwing

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red waxwing perched in a hedge
Bombycilla garrulus garrulus (I think)

Almost got it. These are very interesting birds, so I have the ambition to take a good photograph of them one day. But they’re a bit too fast. You see red waxwings, but not for long. Usually blur-red waxwings when you get a camera near them. So long as they keep coming back for the berries and rosehips I think there’s a chance.


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