South Downs Ravens
This pair of ravens circled over Bepton ‘cronk-cronk’ing for about half an hour before heading east along the South Downs towards Cocking. Ravens are relatively rare but on the increase. They breed in Sussex (I’ve read reports of nest sites near Beachy Head) but they will travel great distances during the winter months. The two most striking things about ravens are their call (a really deep ‘cronk’, distinct from other members of the crow family) and their enormous size! Their wingspan is 120-150 cm, that’s 4′ 6″ in old money – bigger than a buzzard and a bigger build too.
Still snowed in!
Our big trek to Cocking in the snow. Thank goodness the Bluebell Inn was open! It was a bit cold but thankfully the pub was warm and toasty. Still no sign of the snow clearing. 2010 is ending with a real cold snap.
A truly awesome bunch of mistletoe (within easy reach) on an apple tree in Cocking. I can’t tell you where it is because someone will pinch it all! x x x
Starling murmuration in Chichester car park!
How glamorous! Chichester car park Starling murmuration. It doesn’t get much better than this!
Father Christmas passed this way
Some people don’t believe in Father Christmas. But here’s all the evidence you need. Clear evidence that Father Christmas and his helpers have been checking Bepton this week for naughty children. He’s left his footprints everywhere…
It’s cold, but magical out there today. Suffering from cabin fever, so went for a brisk stroll in the lane as the sun was setting over Bepton Down and Linch Down. Definitely working from home today.
Nothing happening in Bepton today!
There’s not a lot happening in Bepton today! Apart from lots of white stuff falling from the skies… The only people moving around are the lucky folk with tractors, 4x4s, skis and skidoos. Bepton’s pretty isolated from the outside world right now. On a positive note, it’s a winter wonderland!
What is Hoar Frost?
Cow Parsley, Wild Chervil, Wild Beaked Parsley, Keck… call it what you will, it looks great covered in frost! And this is Hoar Frost. Water crystals in the air which is below freezing. In this case there was a breeze from the right to left of the photo, making the frost stick to the left hand side of the plant. Cool. (Literally).
Feeding the birds in the snow
Spare a few moments for our feathered friends… it’s mighty cold out there today. We’re feeding a mixture of sunflower hearts and peanuts. Don’t forget water too. Birds need to drink a lot, especially when they’re eating dry food.
Bepton, a snowy wilderness!
The road into Bepton on the morning of the 1st December 2010. A beautiful view for drivers of tractors, sledges and skidoos. Not good for mere mortals planning to drive to work! My car is a Saab – all the way from Sweden but it’s not going anywhere today!