I’ve been to the plot…

most mornings over the past week or so but not surprisingly I’ve not seen anyone else apart from plot neighbour Trevor.  Last Saturday morning, which was sunny, we were chatting when he pointed out a Red Kite that was circling overhead.  The white under-wing markings and tail shape made it easy to identify.  We got an idea of how large it was as a couple of crows started mobbing it.  Trevor told me that he’s been seeing them fairly often this year,  although it’s the first one that I’ve seen.

On Monday morning this was the view across the allotments towards the tall white willows in the adjacent ecology park.

I was pleased to find a copy of the 2019 Chiltern Seeds catalogue on the doormat when I got home on Saturday morning.  Since then I’ve been doing some armchair gardening browsing through it, and will place an order early in the new year.

Have a good weekend!

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25 Responses to I’ve been to the plot…

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Lovely post and thank you for sharing and blessings as always

  2. Very exciting news. Neighbour offered an allotment asked if I’d share it. Yes!

  3. annincumbria says:

    We often have a visit from a red kite wonderful to watch we can also see a barn owl hunting some evenings, enjoy your armchair gardening

  4. CJ says:

    How lovely to see a red kite. They are a rarity here, but over in Wales there are lots now, it’s wonderful. It’s been a sad week or two down at the allotments here – three arson attacks, and four sheds burned to the ground. Also two arson attacks on the local school. They’ve caught some of the perpetrators, but there has still been one offence since then. Everyone is hoping it’s over now. It looks beautifully peaceful at your site. Seed catalogues are one of the pleasures of winter aren’t they. CJ xx

    • Flighty says:

      Cj it sure was. Mindless, wanton vandalism like that really saddens me. We’ve had break-ins in the past but thankfully no arson attacks. It’s been peaceful at the allotments all week. I agree about the catalogues. xx

  5. Caro says:

    I used to see a lot of red kites when visiting my niece and family in the Chilterns; they nested in the churchyard trees next door and would often swoop down into the garden – I was never quick enough to get a photo though! I think they’re very beautiful birds. It’s been quiet here (as ever, in the winter months) but I’ve been out gardening most days when it’s dry, preparing for next year; it’s so mild, I wonder if it will get cold next month. Have a good week, Flighty. xx

    • Flighty says:

      Caro the Red Kites have slowly moved eastwards from the Chilterns and have now reached here. They’re certainly stunning birds. Same here, and good for you. I don’t mine a cold spell then as at least it’s getting lighter and heading towards spring. Thanks. and you too. xx

  6. Jo says:

    We get a lot of red kites here, it’s amazing to think they were very nearly extinct, the breeding programme has been hugely successful. I’m glad you’ve managed to get some trips in to the plot, it’s been quite mild over the last week, perfect weather for a plot visit.

  7. nikkipolani says:

    That armchair gardening with catalogs is the most dangerous time for me. You are much more disciplined!

  8. Carrie says:

    I love Red Kites and we were lucky enough to watch one on Christmas Eve whilst we were at a stone circle. Just gorgeous. Enjoy your perusing 😄

  9. Wonderful to see a kite! They are a real conservation sucess story, they were nearly wiped out by DDT, but now they are recolonising lots if Europe. Things to be jolly about! Xx

  10. Doris Potter says:

    How exciting to see a Red Kite! It is a beautiful bird (and one that I will probably never see)!

  11. How lovely to see a red kite.
    Enjoy browsing through your seed catalogues.

    All the best Jan

  12. snowbird says:

    Lucky you seeing a red kite, such beautiful birds. Over the last few years we’ve seen lots of buzzards, the crows mob them too if they fly low. Seed catalogues are great reading at this time of the year.xxx

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