The Opium Eater

Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
Wednesday 18th August 1999

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blue tit on poppy seedheadspoppy head with pecked hole A BLUE TIT pecks at the base of one of the Opium Poppy seedheads. It's not just picking off insects and spiders. It pecks for a minute or two, then feeds (as far as I can tell) on the tiny round seeds inside. Perhaps half of the poppy seedheads have been pecked into in this way.

wren A Wren hops along the edge of the herb bed. Two Robins look a bit the worse for wear. The adults moult at about this time of year.

downpour An hour's heavy rain turns the gutters into rivulets. The pond is brim full again.

Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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