Geese have been piling over high all week, along with small groups of Whooper swans. In fact, I even saw a skein of Greylags going over last on Thursday, with a Whooper as part of the 'V' formation! Perhaps it had become separated from its family group, and decided on 'Any port in a storm?'
Threats of snow have come to nought,(except for the high hills) although we have been battered by savage autumn storms lately. As a result, the trees are now stripped of leaves, and looking very stark and bare. I hate to admit it, but it is going to be a very long time before we see them wearing their green livery again!
With all the stormy weather, the dogs have been making full use of the sofa and wood burning stove,(one has to!) but will be out again this coming Saturday, beating and picking up on a local shoot.
The two young lab bitches are really coming into their own this season, and have combined knowledge gained last season, with further training this Summer, to become a real asset.
Last time out, Rowan picked several runners from dense willow scrub, which would other wise have gone undetected, and been lost. The sisters are steady, biddable, and putting birds in the bag. Who could ask for more?
Regards to all.