There's a nice autumn feel to early mornings and evenings: dew on the slowing lawn, mushrooms and toadstools appear at random and the plants are taking on their autumn hues.
|Robin ( c. Michael Finn)|
The still misty mornings right now are perfect for listening to that September stalwart: the Robin. That slow drizzle of notes is repeated around the garden as we get used to the idea that one of our most common birds is setting up territories for the winter ahead. Many of these birds are only hatched this summer and not long out of their mottled juvenile plumage. However there's no time to waste with birds in the garden: Wood Pigeons are coming to the Elder trees for black berry juice, no doubt thirsty after a day in the stubbles picking up spilt barley grains.
|Wood Pigeon in the Elders (c. OOS)|
Best autumn colour this week is with an established Rowan Tree, russet and red, still with berries which add to the display.
|Rowan tree (c.OOS)|
The willow trees are green leaved with an insipid pale yellow coming through. Best of all and with the best still to come are the Dogwoods: the leaves are showing great accents of reds and yellows and once the leaves part company, there's bright red stalks and icy white berries to look forward to.
|Dogwood , Cornus alba (c.OOS)|