Monday, 11 August 2008

Feeding Time.

Harvesting the crops in the fields around the village goes on a pace.

I don't know how much the unsettled weather has affected the process do far, but all was going well today. Very quickly the fields are stripped of their covering.
I always brings wonderful patterns, some times the straw bales look very higgledy piggledy, but there's something very pleasing about the stripes on the land.

Stubble doesn't stay around long. The ground is quickly ploughed and this brings birds. Mainly gulls. Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls make up the majority but increasingly Mediterranean Gulls make up a significant group and as time goes on more Common Gulls arrive back from the north.
I always spend time watching the gulls, one day I'll be lucky and find a rarity, but in the meantime watching Close Mediterranean Gulls, a bird that was a major rarity when I first started bird watching, is still rewarding. As well as Gulls, other birds, such as Rooks, Crows and Jackdaws make use of the food items thrown up by the plough.

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