I Spy A Fledgling Fly

This fledgling was about to leave it’s nest, in one of our cider apple trees, for the first time.
These ancient apple trees are full of holes made by woodpeckers over the years. This beautiful lesser spotted woodpecker chick has been very conspicuous with it’s red mohican and loud chirping.
This tree is only 500 yards from our cheese dairy.  We harvest the apples from these ancient apple trees to make cider. We then use the cider to wash the Merry Wyfe. Washing in cider causes the pinkish orange bacterial rind to develop along with it’s sweet earthy flavour.
It’s lovely that these trees are providing homes for these beautiful birds as well as helping to make award-winning organic cheese.
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