Recently I’ve noticed reference to autumn having progressed to a leafless landscape without the usual range of colours. Strong winds have been blamed.
Here in Timperley the winds came and went before the leaves had started to fall. Thanks to the warm weather and lack of frost, the wind damage amounted to fallen branches rather than fallen leaves. There has now been just a bit of frost, and the leaves are starting to turn, as shown in the above picture taken on the Bridgewater Canal between Timperley and Marsland Bridges on 30 October 2017.
Whilst not shown in the picture, this was a good moment for birdlife, with a cormorant, grey wagtails, black-headed gulls, Canada geese, mallards, a mandarin duck and many hedgerow birds all in evidence at this spot.