Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Ditches, dogs and tree planting

It was a bit warmer here this morning just -1c ! I took Boris out across the still frozen fields which was good as it meant less mud. Why is it dogs want to run along frozen ditches, he at least had more sense than to jump in the stream this morning!

There wasn't a lot of wildlife around today, the odd Pheasant running across the fields, (I think they know it's safer than flying. around here). The one bird you can always rely on in the ditches is the Wren Troglodytes troglodytes with it's tit-tit-tit call speeding up to it's churr alarm call.

One good thing I saw this morning was a newly planted stand of trees around a pond in one of the fields. Neil who owns the land and his brother plant trees every year on New Years day, it has become a bit of a ritual for them now. It's great to see landowners replanting trees to encourage wildlife in this case they are trying to provide habitat around the fields for the Grey Partridge Perdix perdix with I am pleased to say some success.