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thrushes

After the cold winter last year with snow pushing the thrushes onto the feeders, we have seen very few thrushes this year - a couple of song thrushes and that’s about it apart from blackbirds and starlings.

It was a bit of a surprise to find the fresh anvil stone recently - it definitely wasn’t used as such over winter. Greedy song thrush or is there something else around?

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trees in the field

These were mapped on one sunny spring morning when the trees were in bud burst. They are shown as entering the field from the lane, i.e. with north at the right. They are mostly lime and ash until the line of trees at the far west of the field (top of map) which are more alder and hawthorn and presumably represent a field boundary. The field was used as a paddock in C19 (Patrick’s time) but the other three sides are not bounded by traditional hedging plants so this boundary may be older.

Field trees 400 field key 2014