Chilly, windy, raining.
Just in time for the week when we have two more walks in the countryside [sigh]. We had splendid weather for the last one, but I don't think that these are going to be quite as nice. Ah well, it IS November, what do we really expect?
The birds have been feasting especially hard on our bird tables too. We don't get much variety of birds - starlings (which I love), sparrows, doves and wood pigeons are the main regulars, but in the last few weeks a robin has moved in too.
I am really pleased with this, considering I took it through the kitchen window - and he was gone half a second later.
But I can't help loving starlings...
There is something very sinister about them - they are certainly aggressive little buggers! I fell in love with starlings when I was about 17. I had my first proper job - at the Uni I now work at to be precise - and during my lunch break I would sit in the Cathedral grounds, eat my sandwiches and feed the birds. Pigeons were there in vast numbers, but it was the starlings that caught my attention, darting in and out of the mass of pigeons to grab lunch before the bigger birds ate it all.
Sparrows do a similar thing to the starlings...
although we make sure the tables are well stocked (assorted seed, fat balls and meal worms) so there is not really any need for them to panic.
Well, it is games evening tonight, so I had better get moving!