Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Thornden Wood

Near to my new place of work is the northern part of the Kentish woodlands known as the Blean, specifically Clowes and Thornden Woods. I've not ventured far from the car parks (partly because the paths are muddy after the recent rain) but I've noticed that some kind souls have provided bird food nearby, attracting mostly tits and chaffinches, but also siskins.

'But what is this?' I hear you say. A finch with an eyestripe and a yellow bill?
Soon the male of the species arrives, and I see that it's a Brambling - at last, because there seems to have been a plethora of these this winter, but I'd not seen any of them.

A tree stump covered in lichen and moss also caught my eye.
Looking closer, you can see the ecosystem that's grown up (presumably since the storm of 1987 as there were a number of similar blown-over stumps).

One of the other benefits of working here is the sight of Canterbury cathedral in the twilight - lovely.

1 comment:

Mary said...

I don't know how I missed these posts. Lovely the pale. The cathedral looks beautiful, too. What wonderful things for one day.