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Odd autumn

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October 14th

Like last year, we’re having a wonderful October with high pressure giving us foggy mornings, blue skies when it clears and cold nights. The larches are going golden on the hills, colours are spectacular and my camera figure is twitching to get up there.  We have had some great walks, but there are odd things all around us.

I was looking for an acorn – there are a few oak trees here, but found none, so went for hazelnuts, and found none, but the catkins ready on the branches -I thought these were produced in late spring. It probably just a result of the badly timed frosts here. What will this mean for all the squirrels and birds?

Then the siren went off the other day, and I didn’t think anything till I read the report in the paper.  One pine tree all on its own on Platchenalm had caught light.  The firemen had to fell it and cut out the root to put it out.  Makes you wonder about these forest fires.Just follow the link the pictures are amazing!

http://www.meinbezirk.at/ramingstein/magazin/brandeinsatz-auf-der-platschenalm-m3144180,371301.html

The longtailed tits have been through earlier than ever, but the Sparrow population is completely down, there’s only three here, even when it snowed the other day. There’s a huge group of the bickering families.

I’ve also never seen Rosebaywillowherb go quite this red, but it was at the end of the slag heap of the old silver mine.

Maybe I’m reading too much into all this………..

Of course, since I wrote this, we’ve had nearly a foot of snow in three goes, the Sparrows are all here, stuffing their faces, and one mouse is still visiting the bird table, I think we can live with that!  But then so much so so early?

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