I know the river quite well, because I walk or cycle the route around the castle in the village every day, and in the summer I swim in a spot called the salmon hole which is further downstream. About a mile from my house is a spot where there are a series of waterfalls as the river comes downhill. This is me by one of the main ones.
By this time second salmon was clinging on to the rock next to the first and I went right up to the waters edge. This is me signalling to Dad on the bank above that there were now two salmon.
In the meantime, more salmon were leaping up, trying to get over the cascading white water from the waterfall.
So why do salmon swim upstream ?
By the time I had left, I thought I had probably seen six or seven different salmon, and none had made it up the small waterfall.Since then we have had more rain, so it must be getting more and more difficult for them.
Half-way home I saw this red legged partridge by the side of the road. Its leg was at a funny angle. When dad wrapped it in his jacket, it did not struggle, so we knew it was sick.
We decided that was would talk it home and call the SSPCA, but by the time we had got home, it had already died, which was very sad. I put it under a plant pot for it to decompose, ad I'll write about it again in the spring.
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