August 01, 2011

Early plenty

The pavement opposite our house is tacky and stained under a neighbour's plum tree. The plums ripened ten days ago, and have been falling ever since. Last year some Asian ladies came and picked them, but this year they seem for the most part to be falling unheeded.

Our damsons are purple, albeit still tart, and everywhere the berries on the rowans are bright orange. We've even eaten blackberries from the Common.

Everything is ripening early this year. But what of the creatures that depend on the late summer fruit? Will a feast now be enough to sustain our local thrushes and blackbirds through the winter, and will there be anything left for the redwings, fieldfares and waxwings when they arrive?