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Redwing Meadow

Sunday, 29th December 2002, West Yorkshire

poniesI miss seeing the ponies in the field behind thehen house just as I'll miss the hens when our next door neighbours move to their small farm next month.

But, just as I won't miss the raids of Attila the Hen and her buddies on our veg beds, I'm glad that the constant trampling of the two ponies isn't reducing the meadow to a muddy pulp,as it did during last winter.

redwingsInstead of two Welsh ponies on this dull, wet afternoon we've jaygot a flock of 100 or so redwings and starlings probing the turf. A jay flies off into the dark wood beyond. next page

Richard BellRichard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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