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Harvest is nearly here


Growing our food

Growing our food

A field of corn
Food has been grown here for over 4,000 years.  Seasons have come and gone over those years.
Wonder when birds first appeared in this corner of East Yorkshire. 
Roman coins have been found in this field.  There is a double ditch trackway nearby .  If anyone can enlighten me to exactly what a double ditch trackway is I would be grateful
Owls fly alongside the hedges, a few swallows dip over the fields, partridges and pheasants skurry in the hedge row, 
The blue sky is dotted with different birds.  Rooks and pigeons take off from the telephone wires together and zip through the skies.
Can you think of a caption that suits this photo

Can you think of a caption that suits this photo

As I walk along the lane it alive with birdsong.  The high hedges are home to many birds.  Small sparrows skim at fence height along the lane. Blackbirds fly along the hedge. 
There are many other birds in the distance that I cannot make out
When you think about it everyone and everything in this world depends on the changing seasons for food – and therefore for survival.
Birds and wild animals are closer to these changing seasons than we are, but perhaps we are just as dependent on this growing cycle as they are

Corn on the Wolds 15th May

Growing Corn - 15th May

Growing Corn - 15th May

If you compare the two photos you can see  in the photo above how the corn is changing colour and the heads of corn are coming.
Field of corn 4th May

Field of corn 4th May

In the photo  above of 4th May the corn is still green and ‘grass’ like, as the seasons progress it will become the golden field of corn that we all recognise.
We all depend on the seasons and the harvest of crops . 
We are the same as birds and wild animals in that respect
We are lucky we can save time and get a ready made meal, but in the first place this ready made meal had to be grown by a farmer.
The two photos below show  Early April 2009 and  15th May 2009
Early April 2009

Early April 2009

14th May 2009
Our future food on 15 May 2009

Our future food on 15 May 2009

It’s great that the countryside is lush and green – sorry there aren’t any birds in these photos.  There were plenty of birds flitting about and singing when I took the photos though.


Yorkshire Wolds Bird News

I received this bird information from someone who lives nearby and thought I’d share it with you – 

These are some of the birds of prey we get nearby. 

Just to let you know that at 7am yesterday (Thursday 12 March) there were three Barn Owls at Tyre Eye. One was in the field above the sewage works, one was in the dale beside the big quarry and one crossed the road in front of me. Although it was at windscreen height it got across safely. During the winter we have had the odd sighting from home mainly at dawn and dusk. At one point we were beginning to think one was roosting in the incomplete garages on the building site opposite. Three is the best count of barn owls I have ever had in the village.

A few weeks ago, the weekend after the big snow fall when the village was supposedly cut off, there were three Common Buzzards over the plantation in Sowersby’s Dale almost opposite your farm. Again this is a village record although I did have a single along Kilham Road a week later.

Friends have reported seeing a Red Kite in that area while driving in January but not since. That would be a personal first for the village if we got one of those.


Thank you, David for sending me this.  If you have any more bird notes or birdy info  please let us know. 

It’s good we have so many barn owls, but annoying that they don’t seem to be using the Barn Owl nest  box we put up.

I have never seen a red kite, but it’s interesting to know there has been one nearby.

Buzzards –  I have heard of other people seeing buzzards, so they must be surviving round here.

If birds of prey arrive naturally in an area that seems to me to be OK.  It is when they are re-introduced unnaturally that the problems must appear.

Birds of prey do eat other birds.  I have seen a sparrowhawk with a blackbird in its claws.

There is a report by the British Trust for Ornithology that last year was a very poor breeding season for our garden birds.  Numbers of our gardens birds are dropping  (more of that later in the week on this blog ).    I don’t think we want to lose any more to birds of prey that have artificially been reintroduced.

But it is interesting to know what is in the sky in the area where I live.

PS  :  Tyre Eye is the top of a steep hill.  Over the years the name has been changed, but originally it was called Tired Ewe.  This is because the hill was so steep for ewes to climb they were tired when they got to the top!  I say Top of Tie Ow.  I suppose as it’s never written down it can be spelt any way.  End of Yorkshire Dialect notes. 


Early morning in January – a video

In early January it was  so cold and the ground was  frozen hard. No wonder I got a lot of birds at the feeders.

I took this short video of the countryside in winter in the early morning on 10th January.  
 There isn’t much food for birds in the countryside when the countryside is frozen like this.   The nights are freezing cold for them as well.

After I’d finished putting bird food out I was glad to get back inside.

Towards the end of this video a bird flys by – it was heading for the bird feeders.