Rain, wind, snow and sun.

On this the second consecutive sunny day, the memory of the awful weather is beginning to recede. A walk along the Teign upriver from Mill End showed the extent of the flooding caused by exceptional rainfall. The path and the ground metres from the river have been scoured by very fast flowing river water.

The sculpture ‘Granite Song’ by Peter Randall-Page is on an island in the river at SX710890. It has been dislodged at least twice in recent years but it is showing no signs of damage, despite sizeable chunks of drifting wood and tons of water battering it.DSC_0031

Yet again there’s damage to gates and fences just beyond Rushford Mill, and Chagford swimming pool looks a suspiciously brown colour.

A footpath runs from Chagford Bridge (Factory Bridge?) up to Murchington. A fully mature Oak tree has been blown over half way up the section through the wood. Fortunately it fell away from the path and took only a narrow section of the path with it. The NT are ‘on the case’ and have begun sawing it up.DSC_0037





RSPB Birdwatch

Last weekend was the time for anyone interested to complete an hour’s collection of sightings of birds visiting their garden. The idea is that the maximum number of any one species of bird visiting at any one time is recorded, all to be completed within an hour. The information is easily uploaded to the RSPB website. It’s not meant to be a scientific study, but the RSPB use the information to get an overview of trends in the populations of different birds visiting the nation’s gardens.

It easily becomes mildly competitive, the hour goes by quickly, I end up urging the regulars to hurry up and make an appearance. This year, ‘the lad in the crimson bloomers’ made a very late appearance!

Chaffinch, 7. Siskin, 2. Goldfinch, 8. Blackbird, 2. Great Tit, 4. Coal Tit, 1. Long tailed tit, 7. Blue Tit, 2. Nuthatch, 1. Robin, 1. Song Thrush, 1. Wren, 1. Willow Tit, 1. Treecreeper, 1. Magpie, 2. Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1.DSC_0031