Ian. your second photo looks like the Hebridean breed, small and stocky and I think yours are rams. Duncan
I know nothing about sheep other than mint sauce goes nicely
but I think the black ones are black welsh mountain sheep and the others herdwick, there were some small black sheep 'hebridean' on a nearby reserve not so long ago they had straight-ish horns and were a lot smaller these sheep were quite big ian
Dropped the car of for some new boots and took the chance for a walk down the river again this time in the opposite direction. First thing heard even before I'd gotten of the main road was a kingfisher under the bridge later seen and heard again several times maybe more than one on this stretch of river?
Usual ducks, coots and moorhen plus a few house martins overhead and a couple of dozen mute swans preening on the bank plus some mushrooms in the darker parts of the walk see fungi section ian
Today's walk took me back to Hartsholme park just 10 mins from home and where the dog got lost anyhow I kept an eye on her today and everything was fine.
Not much in the way of fungi other than honey fungus that was everywhere
A few widgeon and gadwell have arrived on the pits the redheaded potchard still looks tatty but not much on the water at all
Leaves just starting to turn
Highlight would have to be the woodmouse one rabbit, squirrels all over the place and three roe deer they walked off the path in front of me into the undergrowth and just ignored me as I walked slowly past ian
Sunday took a drive to Rufford park with it's 12 century abbey ruins, been several times before it's an easy 25 mile ish drive. Seems this Sunday they had a Halloween theme going on lot of folks walking around heads stuck in leaflets or smart phone apps ticking of their spooky finds ''sheets hanging in trees ''
Me I was watching the family of buzzards circling overhead taking in the autumn colours listening to the bird song and searching for shrooms and some wierd and wonderful one there were.
There were plenty of cormorants about as well... both in the water, perched in trees and flying overhead. I was hoping to get a better photo of a heron than the one I took on Sunday, and managed to get a quick shot of this one taking off from one of the small anglers' docks that have been built all around the reservoirs.
Yesterday was forecast as the last dry for a while so thought I'd take a walk down the old rail track at Harby, it was patchy fog and a good frost really quite atmospheric with the fog layered at different heights over the fields.
The hedge rows were full of birds as I expected lots of blackbirds some redwings and hundreds of fieldfare in the hedges and flying overhead. A snipe burst into the air just to my left giving me my usual view of this bird. heading skywards as fast as it could
Grey partridge calling through the fog and a chap shouting for his dog on the far side of an adjacent field put a couple of dozen teal up out of the drain, up till then I'd only noticed 3 teal and 2 mallard
Today's ride out was to the second part of the Besthorpe reserve. On the way took the usual short cut it's a woodier area so you gota keep an eye out for wild life last year a pheasant took out the under tray on the car 'what do they make these things of these day's?' Today it was a roe deer just ambling across all the time in the world, good job there was nobody behind me though I don't rush about.
On the reserve lots of tufted duck, gadwall, shoveler all the usual others, one little egret and best of all a fox walking along the edge of the pit all ducks keeping an eye on it. I don't often get to see foxes so it's always a bit special to see one out in the wild ian