After being granted a Holding number we now have a Herd number – everything coming into place for the arrival of Bert and Spot.
It is quite hard getting things done round here at the moment due to anxious blackbirds. The young have fledged and trundle around inappropriately, unlike when parents knew they were safely in nest. They can’t really hop up bushes very efficiently and fall into plant pots, crawl under sheds and sit hopefully in the undergrowth.
Fortunately the adults have an easy access to meal worms with which they fully load up
before setting off to hunt down errant offspring. We stand by to chase off magpies and pull out fledglings from dead end locations.
But alongside these successes we find evidence of birds lost. We can accept the scattered Blue Tit feathers but it is harder when we find those of Woodpecker
Today we might have had a delivery from the largest van yet (and that includes the removal vans)
bringing irrigation aids
The butterfly dearth continues. A solitary Red Admiral remains in residence plus one Meadow Brown
A list of flowing wild plants would be more encouraging. We need help with this, do you know what it is?
Elsewhere on the plot today