Natural History from the Car

As I drove to Newark this afternoon I noticed a group of rooks whirling aimlessly round the sky. On looking closer I realised they weren’t being aimless, but were in fact mobbing a buzzard. here were about 20 of them, though it wasn’t that easy to drive safely and count rooks at the same time.

Shortly after that I passed a roadside tree full of strange ball-like growths in its leafless branches – mistletoe in its natural state.

A bit later in the same journey I had to brake sharply when a large fox decided to run across the road. You don’t see many foxes in the middle of the day, and this is the first time I’ve ever had to put the brakes on to avoid one. It looked healthy and well-fed so I’m not sure why it needed to be out and about. Sometimes things are meant to remain a mystery.

The only other bit of natural history was a buzzard roosting in the roadside tree. Always nice to see, but let’s face it – they aren’t rare these days. It just goes to show what’s about, even on a grey day of driving round doing errands.

The picture is a random pansy. They are out in the garden so I thought it would be OK to show one.



21 thoughts on “Natural History from the Car

  1. bitaboutbritain

    Seeing a buzzard is still a privilege, I think. I witnessed a bundle between some rooks and a red kite once – impressive – you wouldn’t want to try and break ’em up.

  2. Lavinia Ross

    That is a beautiful pansy, Quercus. They have such happy, smiling little faces. 🙂

    I enjoy these reports of the wild creatures and plants you see in your area. I counted five foxes living out back here this past summer.

    1. quercuscommunity

      I’ve seen as many as three in our street in the evening – though they look a bit thin. You have much better wildlife than we do.

      As for pansies – you can’t really fault them. 🙂


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