And in the morning we'd watched the birdies in our garden, to take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch (14 individual birds with 8 species, which is our best year EVER!). There were lots of birds around the plot too, including two robins having a bit of a fight.
Anyhoo, on to the week's veggies which I was pretty pleased with, all from the plot on Sunday:
Some kale (nero), a little cabbage and my last onions from the shed.
A leek, some little carrots that I'd missed before (they were so sweet, we ate them raw), and two massive parsnips!
Here's one of them cleaned up - no canker, which is good for me. I roasted these lovelies.
And here's why I missed last week's Harvest Monday. I was visiting my folks for a few days down on the south coast. I usually try and get across to Brighton, especially in winter when the huge flocks of starlings roost under the pier.
This is where they used to roost - the West Pier. Not much left of it now, damage from fires and storms. I popped here first as the sunset was so lovely, to get a few pics.
This is where they roost now, It used to be called the Palace Pier but now is just Brighton Pier. This pic is just to show how far apart they are.
I could easily fill up the blog with dozens of pics of starlings and the piers but will stick to a couple of videos of the mumeration (the name of the flocking action) taken from Brighton Pier on my little camera (you get a great soundtrack from the pier rides and stalls too!)
Looking west, a large flock, just before coming in to roost right under my feet
Looking east, another large flock that flew around for a while longer after the ones on the other side had already headed under the pier.
It was the largest murmeration I've seen there for a few years. I had a feeling it was going to be a good one, there'd been lots of starlings in Norwich too (we even have a reasonable murmeration in the city at the moment, which roosts on an office block).
I love seeing people notice the flocks, they're hard to miss! One of nature's spectacles for sure. And the sound when they've come in to roost, thousands of birds right under your feet!
Apologies for the digression, I just had to share :) and it's the reason I missed last week.
Linking in with Daphne's Dandelions for Harvest Monday.