Last night there are a lovely moon above Parke – it wasn’t quite a full moon – that occurs on the 6th November.
The phases of the moon are very important for life on earth – the phase of the moon controls for example the heights of the tides and drives their movement (along with the sun) – high tides co-incide with full moons and the highest tides happen when the moon is closest to the earth – spring tides. You can access a lunar calendar here to see exactly what ‘state’ the moon is in.
Last night as I photographed the moon I could hear redwings flying over with their plaintive calls and close by a tawny owl was hooting. During the day the trees in the photograph above – particularly the large yew tree, are alive with thrushes gorging themselves on the yew berries. There are large numbers of blackbirds, song thrushes and mistle thrushes.
However I have yet to see any fieldfares – our other winter thrush (along with the redwing) which come to Britain for our winter to escape the frozen wastes of the high north. Has anyone seen any fieldfares yet? I expect they are late simply because it has been so mild.