Today is a perfect Autumn day. There is a breeze from the South West; the sky is blue with plenty of scudding white clouds; the air is clear and full of the smells of Autumn; AND the fieldfares and redwings are back!
I had my usual walk down the lane with Tess after lunch and there they were, swooping across the lane from one tree to another, making their tak-tal-tak noise and sussing out where the ripest berries were. At present our hedges are full of hawthorn berries, there are rose hips here and there and still some elderberries and blackberries around. Not for long. Once these chaps get going the branches are soon bare. It is such a joy to see them. They always arrive on or about the same date every year - they are the wild birds of Autumn here in North Yorkshire.