the last two days the wildlife have been very evident down on the farm. there has been a large flock of Brent geese – another winter visitor, encamped on the winter wheat. yesterday I waved my arms and walked up the field near them, and they only waddled further away from me, nattering to each other in their gutteral purring voices. today I did move them on a bit, but they just landed again 100 yards further up the field.

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they seem very tame compared to the pink footed geese which shut up if there is a human near, and take off at the slightest movement.

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here they are, refusing to do more than fly out of range, and then settle down again. one was even sitting down. I hope it’s not that the cold weather is making them weaker.

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as we walked down the track back to the wood, two big hares got up and ran off, luckily Tilda didn’t really see them, and she was on the lead anyway. its nice to see them about, though no doubt 50 years ago on a sunny winter afternoon there would have been tens of them rather than two. yesterday a pair of roe deer stood in the wood, in their woolly winter coats, staring out at me; they obviously hadn’t realised that I could see them in there.tildalookingsmaller.jpg

We were walking up-wind of any creatures, so Tilda had a disappointing time – in this photo she was looking at the hedge at the bottom of Cake’s Lane because there was a blackbird in it.

when we got home I was assembling a sheaf of garden leafery and berries to go on the door for Christmas when there was a terrific noise of Brent geese protesting at being turfed off their nice comfy wheat field, and they flew over. I wonder how far they will go. there are plenty of fields of wheat round here.

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