Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Mendip Winter Visitors and Wild Crocus
Saturday 12th October and Monday14th saw us cover nearly 20 miles on the Mendips.
Saturday was a wonderful sunny day but the start of Monday saw us walking for 2 hours in sometimes heavy rain! However the rain did eventually clear, so glad we bought those waterproof leggings though!
Our walks centred mainly around Burrington, Dolebury Warren, Velvet Bottom, Charterhouse and Blackdown. Once again the walk offered stunning views and colours and a great deal of wildlife.
The highlights were seeing great flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings feeding on the berry rich Rowan plus a discovery of Wild Crocus growing in a meadow.
Plenty of fruits to be found. Great food for our Winter visitors and I have never seen the branches so laden. Predictions of a cold winter?!
Damp and warm weather still prompting many fungi to grow
Great views over the hills and far away ...
We were so pleased to find these wild crocus. A patch of purple in a grassy meadow, magic!
Great to see huge flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings feeding on the berries. Strange at the same time we should see a few swallows and a couple of Wheatears on the hills! Plenty of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings and Ravens plus a Kestrel etc.