”Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season’s last crops”
– Glenn Wolff and Jerry Dennis
I like the secrets that are revealed when leaves fall from the trees. I’m not much of a twitcher so don’t recognise all the different harmonies of the birdsong choir down at the allotment. I wonder who created this cosy nest? It had fallen from higher up the Elderflower tree but was caught on the end of this branch when I found it. Amazing to see up close the intricacy with which it had been built.
Last Autumn I discovered this nest in the bough of a tree while carrying out some maintenance on the perimeter fence. I wondered if it had been concealed there for some time but there were clues in the materials woven into the nest: plastic pea netting and the gazebo covering which had provided a temporary roof for my vandalised shed in 2008 before the wind and the rain ravaged it.
The nest below is safely tucked away within the branches of the hawthorn tree and I only noticed it last month while picking berries and after half the leaves had dropped to the ground. No danger of predators for this nests occupants!
Sadly not true for all birds.
You can imagine my surprise last year while forking up my potatoes when I came across this egg half hidden in the soil.
After scratching our heads and asking around it was identified as a pigeon egg, probably stolen from a nest by a Crow or a Magpie. The thief must have dropped it while flying overhead and not been able to locate it on the ground through all the potato foliage.
What unusual discoveries have you made in your garden?