The Chessboard Field

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Wednesday 20th October 1999

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rooks and gullsrooks WHITE GULLS and black Rooks are grouped on a ploughed field in the valley, like pieces in a chess game.

wood mouse On the towpath a young Wood Mouse, not much bigger than a bumble bee, but with a hairless tail two or three times its body length, cowers wide-eyed, as if dazed and surprised to see me. I touch it gently and it scampers off into grass.

mistle thrush, pyracanta berries A pair of Mistle Thrushes feed on the Pyracantha berries by the lock-keeper's cottage.

cormorant A Cormorant flies low over the canal, vering off slightly as it passes me. It touches down on the surface, splashing as it takes off again.

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
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