Posted by: mynaturaldiary | November 9, 2008

A lack of conkers

It’s late in the season to get conkers, and as it turned out, we only found one (!), in contrast to the mounds we found this time last year.

Our chosen cache is hidden in a wood in Sandsend.

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Deep in the woods we find only trees, including plenty of Aesculus hippocastanum, but alas, none of its fruit.

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The berries this time of year are resplendent, and are food for the many birds in the valley.

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On the way out of the woods, our lack of conkers is consoled by a few Mallards, who quack hopefully for bread.

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

At the car, Black Headed Gulls in their winter finery, circle and wheel above, proclaiming eternal hunger to those who listen.

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Black Headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

We’ll conquer the conkers next year, fingers crossed.


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