Like many species, I am confused about the onset of Autumn. I am not even sure if it is close by; we have not had a summer, temperatures are beginning to feel a bit warmer; flora and fauna are doing what they should have done at least six weeks ago; is it Autumn, are the temperature autumnal? My body system tells me to be wary.
Ornithologists say that the common garden bird species are rarely seen now in the U.K, sparrows in particular have been mentioned. It was not clear if the research was based on urban areas or mixed living conditions, rural and urban. From what I see, the sparrow populations missing elsewhere in the U K must have migrated to where I live, in a small remote town of several thousand souls. The sparrows, the Thrush, Blackbirds, varieties of Crows and Pigeons and Robins, are ubiquitous here.
Here is another species regularly seen: an Oyster Catcher
Currently bird life is able to feed on nature's bounty, there is no need to supplement their food. I would not expect to at this time of year. Admittedly, we have had low temperatures and poor light, when we should have been experiencing something akin to summer. It meant nature was at least six weeks behind on usual annual development, meaning, we were about twelve weeks later than the South of the U.K with the flourishing of flora and fauna. That's a whole season delayed. One consequence of this was, we filled bird feeders well into May this year.
Autumn is supposed to be closing in; we do have warmer temperatures, there is some late flourishing of plant life. Our feathered friends are happily swooping on unwary worms and nibbling on grain. Is this Autumn or, is it the Jet Stream moving at last to allow us to experience some seasonal uplift, giving us a' seasonal' break before winter arrives again. It is physically confusing.