Bill and Ben … finally understood
The clarity of their mumblings came clear to me as I was watching a stand of weeds which this particular farmer had not ‘tidied up’ on a corner of his field. It seems to be his vision of rewilding of some of his land, giving wildlife a chance to survive especially on this snow-gripped day.
From my viewpoint across this stubble field, I was treated to quite a large mixed flock of birds, which were feeding up on the seed heads of the weeds. I couldn’t help but sing the praises of this farmer who had given reed bunting, chaffinch, yellowhammer, tree sparrow and more a lifeline of food.
A stonechat fed alone further up the field, whilst the mixed flock of birds happily rubbed shoulders - food was on their minds.
Eventually, I moved off with another old TV/film reference, this time from the musical Oliver, occupying my thoughts. The song Food Glorious Food moved me along from this happy day meeting with the wild on Chat Moss.