December, and it will soon be the end of the year.
I'm rather looking forward to next year, for some reason.
Anyway, near the end of November, I had a visitor to the garden.
The bird seed I put out attracts a lot of Goldfinches at times, and also a lot of Feral Pigeons feeding on the spilt seed on the ground; around 15 most days.
Their number was dramatically reduced by 1 this particular day.
A female Sparrowhawk.
She stayed to enjoy her lunch for some time, but she certainly made a mess.
A bit more recent now.
We've had a bit of a Starling murmuration for a while at a local lake, Willen, so I decided to make the effort and go and watch the show.
The sun gradually dropped behind the Peace Pagoda,
and as the light slowly faded, the sky was set for the display. Not the biggest I've seen here, but certainly worth the effort of going.
Just after 3:45 p.m. it started with a trickle.
Small groups of birds arriving from all directions, and coming together.
The numbers gradually built up, and by 4:00 p.m it was all over.
They dropped down into the reeds, and then fell silent.
By now the sky had turned blood red, the light fading fast, I headed home.