September 26, 2010

This week in wildlife

Last night was cold, and today has been windy, the air fizzing with wild equinoctal energy. Near the station the wind has torn the ragged horse chestnut leaves from the trees, and the pavements below are littered with conkers. On Tooting Common the grass is yellow and dry, and bright yellow poplar leaves strew the path.
The undergrowth on the common belongs to the wrens, whose alarums - dit-dit-dit! - sound from every thicket as you pass. Crows patrol the open areas singly or in pairs, while the treetops belong to the parakeets, a bedlam of birds, raucous and brassy and whipped to excitement by the buffeting wind.