Four weeks

Four weeks today we arrived at this place.  The weather the last couple of days has not been conducive to photographs – misty flat light – so let’s start with a list:

Birds seen on, or over, our patch during the last four weeks:

  • Siskin
  • Blue Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Chaffinch
  • Robin
  • Dunnock
  • Wren
  • Heron
  • Buzzard
  • Crow
  • Starling
  • Goldcrest
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Blackbird
  • Greenfinch
  • Pheasant
  • Raven
  • Magpie
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Goldfinch
  • Bullfinch (male)
  • Coal Tit
  • Longtailed Tit
  • Treecreeper

Of particular delight are the wren, constantly flitting round the stumps and creepers; the woodpecker, now visiting the peanut feeder daily; and the treecreeper, creeping up the hazel just outside the window.

After a few days enclosed in the run Flora and Marge were looking a bit fed up:

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So we set up the hen netting to try giving them a bit more freedom.  They briefly shared a space with Molly and Dahlia but after one hackles raised spurs out confrontation to find top hen we decided 10 year-old Molly didn’t deserve such stress and we made two separate enclosures.  They could completely free range but patches of snowdrops and daffodils are close by and we don’t really want them scratched up.  We were a bit fearful that Flora and Marge, having come from a completely free range setting where they roosted in trees, would be over adventurous but they have been quite happy to know where their base is.

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We have set up our survey basemap and are beginning to gather information to make overlays of existing structures and our observations:

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Thoughts are also turning to the imminent growing season so we have decided to start with the biggest challenge:

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“requires 20 to 25 degrees to germinate” Nowhere is that temperature.  Except maybe here:

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I think that shelf might stop coating our tea-towels and food containers with wood smoke and start doing something more useful.

Meanwhile, mixed life forms spotted in the conservatory this afternoon:

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