Autumnal Equinox

Friday 22nd September 2000
kestrelkestrel A KESTREL appears across the rooftops, flies over the garden, then hovers over the meadow. Autumn is here officially, but it is fine enough to eat breakfast and lunch outside.

house martin As I cut the lawn I disturb a frog in the border which, in a few lolloping hops, heads over to the pond.

house martin House Martins circle, a reminder of summer; but they're not showing much interest in their nests today.

moorhen With a stack of letters to post, I walk across the bridge. A Moorhen stalks through the debris on the silt island with the mincing precision of a schoolmaster invigilating an exam.

wasp As I'm sticking stamps on the post office, I hear of an accident. A driver was turning around his van in a tight corner. Suddenly the van lurched through a wall and stopped, overhanging the pub car park. Luckily he wasn't hurt. He'd been surprised when a wasp flew into the cab.

By evening it's the Midges as much as anything else that make us decide to eat page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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