Monday, 16 February 2009
A walk at Colesbourne in the Cotswolds.
It was a lovely crisp blue sky morning, so I decided to go for a short walk up the hill from Mum's house. It starts by walking down the lane to the bottom of the garden where the River Churn flows. There are small Trout in this river as well as some great birds.Last year Mum had one of her large Poplar trees some down which made a hell of a mess of the garden, the fence and the lane too. There is the tree stump with a covering of snow. Mum is still using wood from that tree for firewood.On the other side of the lane the river becomes a bit less sedate and more fast flowing. It is here that we often see a Dipper. I think they have bred occasionally under the bridge on the lane here. It is an amazing bird which swims and walks under water to find aquatic invertebrates and has a characteristic bobbing action. I was not very close to this bird and it was also quite dark down in the dip there hence the dodgy photos. He was singing his scratchy buzzing song while I tried to photograph him so I hope he was successful in attracting a mate!Onwards and upward towards Pen Hill which is the highest point here in the southern end of the Cotswold Hills. Its a lovely area to walk, being a mix of arable land and then quite barren up the top of Pen Hill. I have hopes one day to find a Merlin up there, though my chance at that would only be in the winter.I took this photo as I loved the colour of the hedgerow shadows on the snow. There were quite a few Yellowhammers up here in the hedgerows, not quite ready to sing yet, but certainly making their buzzy contact note.As I walked up the hill I looked back and could see Mums house nestled down there in the valley. If you click on this photo to enlarge, then Mums home is the one to the lower right hand side surrounded by trees.And again if you enlarge this picture, then her house is in the middle of the photo. Mum has lived here since 1987 when she and Dad moved from London. It has been and still is a fabulous place to live and enjoy the abundance of wildlife on her doorstep.