Bog walk

A crisp, autumnal day, with lots of unseasonable sunshine. I decided to try out the new waterproofing on my old boots by taking a longer walk than usual, up to the trig point and then across the bog to the ventilation shafts.

I was delighted to see yet another late wheatear just beyond the trig point. I am now point-blank refusing to describe any wheatear I see as most likely being the last one I see this year.

There were quite a few red grouse around, and I startled more than one of them (and vice versa) by getting really close to them without realising.

Red grouse
A startled red grouse

The boots held up quite well, but I'm reserving judgement until they have had a sterner test in full rain.

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