White-flash and Friends

Thursday, 18th November 2004
Wild West Yorkshire nature diary

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Three cock pheasants were gathered at the feeder yesterday morning. One was paler than the others and showed white flashes when he flew from the patio table. I'd know him again.

Could I identify the other two?

  • one has no bars on his tail
  • the other isn't as distinctive. He's got prominent marks on his back though; let's just call him 'Spotty'

It seems to work: this morning, I can tell you, Spotty and Bar-none were back. Spotty has a shorter tail than the others and is a more nervous bird. Bar-none appears more song thrushc0nfident, you could say aristocratic, and he ambles in a relaxed way right up to the patio window. He has ear-tufts which Spotty lacks.

Two more visitors this morning: a pair of song thrushes amongst the golden hornet crab apples.

CrackenedgeCracken Edge

We've got to call at the Redbrick Mill. An excuse to draw the view of Cracken Edge while we stop for a coffee at the Café Casbah. There's autumn colour in the remaining leaves on the trees and in the bracken and other vegetation on the railway embankment. Next Page

Richard Bell, richard@willowisland.co.uk

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