Not the weather for flying

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New wind records have been set here this evening.  The pigeon in the freezer shed lives in Northern Ireland – we now know why it decided not to fly home. Blue Tits don’t seem so sensible – the first of the brood has just decided to fledge late this evening.  After a rather wet and blustery landing and start to life it was collected and placed carefully in a close by tight conifer where little rain penetrates. It seems to have stayed there, so fingers crossed.

Before the winds really got going we concluded a satisfying long weekend with welcome visitors putting together the basic ingredients of the establishment

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The main feature of which is the view

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which when there has a bit of pruning will stretch to the mountains.

The wheelie bin was a bit hazardous

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but was eventually in place

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The welcome visitors brought an exciting present – a motion activated wildlife camera.  We gave it a test run last night and discovered the hedgehogs continue to trundle round the feeding bowls until the early hours

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when the crows and magpies take over

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They never visit this area during the day but are happy to polish off anything the hedgehogs have left

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The hen pheasant makes an early morning appearance – earlier in the year they were around during the day – I wonder where they have their families?

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