I watched in fascination this morning, as a Grey Squirrel sat underneath one of my garden plants - a Silene! These self-seed very easily and are now everywhere in the garden. Said Grey Squirrel was reaching up to the seed heads and then pulling them into easy "sitting" reach whereby it started to feed on, I presume, the seeds! It stayed there for some time before deciding it had had enough breakfast and off it went.
From the quieter time of summer in the garden when, more recently, it's been the juvenile birds visiting, today, much to my amazement I had a flock of 17 Greenfinches! This in addition to 3 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Robin, (only) 6 Feral Pigeons, 8 Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 x Blue Tits and 3 Great Tits; 2 chaffinches and 1 Goldfinch. All these on or around the feeders at the same time!
Later on in the morning - the rain had stopped and the sun came out - I headed off for Esher Common. This time starting at Middle Pond and walking through to Black Pond in the hope of some dragons. Regrettably only saw a couple of darters - probably common; I committed the cardinal sin of leaving my binoculars in the car so couldn't ID them properly.
Some interesting tree roots gathering lichen, the dying reeds creating colourful reflections in the water, and ripening Blackberries in the woods.
Yes - like it or not, summer is beginning to give way to Autumn.
Believe me, I love Autumn with it's incoming bird life, the wonderful colours of October and the fungi beginning to show itself - it's just not having had a "full" summer that is a little sad.
In the garden.
Whoops - mustn't lean to far back or ......
On Esher Common
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