Walking along the tunnel through the trees that borders Pullin’s Pasture in the Arboretum this morning we were attracted by the sound of a red squirrel rasp-rasp-rasping at a large nut.  This squirrel is going to have a very good winter as just a few feet away from him we spotted one of his winter “larders” positively stuffed to overflowing with stored meals.  We wondered if it was like one of those bubble-gum dispensers people of our age just re,member and he would take the not from the bottom to allow the ones above to rattle down the shoot?

The field the entry road crosses has been ploughed recently and at a consrvative estimate we counted some 400+ American crows spread out eating something attractive.  More were flying in the air and there were positive “parliaments” of the birds in the surrounding trees.  Quite a sight.

A gathering of Crows

A gathering of Crows

Squirrel Nutkin

Squirrel Nutkin

Squirrel Nutkin's winter store cupboard

Squirrel Nutkin's winter store cupboard