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Autumn Glory

- Into late November and there are still some wonderful autumn colours

Andy Harris

Posted by Andy Harris on 21 November 2011

Autumn Glory This time last year we were just entering a period of hard frost which lasted well into the New Year.  We even had a period of snow cover and I remember one day recording a wind chill of -21oc.
The climate is certainly different at the moment as day time temperatures have been hitting 18oc.

 I don’t know for sure but I wonder if the mild weather has extended the period of autumn colours we’ve been seeing on some tree species, especially larch and beech which in some places still look amazing. Take a trip down the Cockercombe road from Triscombe Stone on a bright day and you’ll notice the gold, browns and yellows are still thick on the trees.

Being the birder I am, this time of year it’s great to look out for flocks of Crossbills with the males a pinkish red and the females a yellow green.  I’ve seen a few flocks around Cockercombe, Ramscombe and even coming down to water on Cothelstone Hill where one of the females was a golden colour.  Another colourful winter visitor that is often seen in flocks and especially under beech trees and hedgebanks is the Brambling. I’ve yet to see Bramblings in amongst flocks of Chaffinch so if you see some please let me know.

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    Tim Russell

    28 Nov 11

    Love the photograph Andy ... very autumnal!

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