On Branches

Stripped trees glisten

Droplets swell then fall from twigs

Chirrups of blue tits


n.b. Despite the buffeting gale that has persisted throughout the night and intensified with day-break, the blue tits https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/blue-tit/carry on their busy lives regardless.

Without cover, due to the autumn leaf fall, these stop-start little birds whizz from tree to hedge and back again in short, nippy flights. The filthy weather, whose deep roar fills the space behind this gloomy sky, is cut by short, bright ribbons of the blue tits’ cheerful cheeping. Not a tuneful call, but bright and optimistic. Autumn allows us to be able to hear and see this small, quirky bird at its best.


CLP 26/10/2019

On Leaving

Despite rain and gales

It’s imperative to leave

Martins battle on


n.b. I was very surprised to see a handful of house martins struggling against the fierce Westerlies this evening. The past two weeks of weather have not been conducive to life on the wing locally; let alone commencing a transcontinental migration.

When one sees a pair of herons swooping about in the wind like herring gulls, one fears for the chances of less robust birds like the hirondelles. Having said that there can be few herons experienced in completing controlled landings in gusts of 30 knots or more.

n.n.b. This is NOT a metaphor for Brexit…but a nod of respect to those little creatures fighting the weather to get to Africa as the days shorten.


CLP 29/09/2019