This Yew has been teetering on the edge of collapse for some time now, the soil beneath its roots having been eroded by the River Mole. Sometime over the past few weeks it went beyond the tipping point, and now it lies across the water, ripped and bloodied. I always think there is something sad, but noble, when an old tree bows out.
For those of you that don't follow the 'birding scene', an ultra-rare Tengmalm's Owl has been found on Shetland. This has unleashed the normal rum cast of twitchers to
Now, as much as I agree that such actions might disturb the bird (and lessen the chances of other birders seeing the owl) isn't spotlighting nocturnal birds a part and parcel of many foreign birding holidays which is, as far as I am aware, accepted as standard procedure? More double standards?
And while I'm on this subject, the tweets of congratulations to those that went north and conquered were in plenty. Well done for what exactly? Having spent money to travel and see a bird that somebody else had found and identified? You might just as well congratulate me for having made my breakfast this morning (tea, toast and honey by the way).