The first one I saw was Whistlejacket, he's not called that because he's a horse, it's because he sits in the neighbours tree and whistles, a lot! He's there almost every day (I can hear him even if I don't see him, in fact I can hear him right now) and he sounds like he's lost something and is calling for it. It's such a sad sounding call. I believe he's actually staking his claim on the territory and is calling every time another kite flies near his tree. I have to say it's not the most threatening call I've ever heard. More pitiful than challenging.
|He flew off when he spotted my camera|
Then when I got to the field, there were two more, but they were a bit further away this time.
Usually when we go to the stream in summer it's very overgrown and you can only get to the water in a few places, so it was nice to go at this time of year and have a good look. There are lots of old, twisted branches and several trees that have fallen over, which all give it a 'wild' feel. The water was quite high and I even found a tiny waterfall.
There was a lot of lichen growing on the trees. I really like lichen, particularly the colours and shapes, I just don't know much about it. It looked like the branches had been painted with gold and silver paint. Very pretty!
|I think this is called Golden Shield lichen|
|Not sure of the name, but I'll call it Silver Leafy lichen|
(if in doubt, make up the name!)
Mustn't forget the moss, which was growing in abundance. That's something else that I like, but don't know much about (but I have a plan to find out about moss - more on that another day though).
The Yellow Flag irises are starting to grow. They put on such a lovely show in the summer.
I think I found the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter, but luckily it didn't attack me when I got close!