school garden

school garden

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

NO WIND......


A Chinese proverb

For the past few weeks Grey Wagtails have been regularly visiting the school pond.  They have a much longer tail than the usual Pied Wagtail and have a lemon yellow colour on the underparts.  They were watched over the weekend walking over the lily pads catching insects flying across the water and dipping into the water to catch prey in the water itself.

The very handsome Grey Wagtail
Work proceeded in the Jurassic garden and the final short lengths of path were linked up with the nest area.

The only construction left to do now is the actual nest site itself and then the remaining aggregate can be delivered and the site finished properly with the compactor to make the surface weatherproof and level.  Then we can move on and landscape the growing areas ready for planting.

The paper bark Birch Tree
The paper bark Birch tree is undergoing the annual peeling when the old layer of thin bark is discarded as the tree grows ever bigger. It is a beautiful tree and the white bark is stunning in the winter light

These magnificent Boletus mushrooms have appeared by the school gates.  Some of them are quite edible and favoured on the Continent.  They often grow to the size of a dinner plate.

Holm Oak acorns
The Jay has been a busy bird.  There are lots of acorns buried or half buried around the garden. These were found with just a sycamore leaf covering them.  Perhaps the bird left in a hurry hoping that nobody would spot them!

A female Goldcrest

A picture of the head
The Goldcrest was caught and ringed in the bird garden.  The female has a yellow stripe and the male has an orange strip within the yellow.  These tiny birds weigh just 5 gms!  They need to find a lot of spiders to survive.

The Venus Fly-trap
The Venus Fly-trap has managed to secure a meal.  The closed leaf looks very formidable. No escape for the poor victim!

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