Seasonal Animal Movements

The pheasants are back

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They were around in the spring and then on about August 12th they disappeared, presumably feeling the call of duty to go back to their home ground to be shot.  However some of them must have survived, as they are back

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strutting around as if they own the place

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Out of over a thousand lambs on our surrounding farm eighty are left.  They go up and down the lane and each time less come up than went down

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watched by Roy

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One of them is ear-marked for us.

Likewise the cows go up and down the lane

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for them, the last trip down – which is due to happen shortly – means another six months living inside and eating silage.

Out of the seventeen Autumn juvenile hedgehogs under our care only one seemed not viable – his back legs did nothing so he was named Legless

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A phone call to our nearest Hedgehog Sanctuary informed us it was probably spine damage and to the vet for euthanasia was the only option.  However he is now walking normally – it is a miracle – or, as the vet named it, Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome.  The vet has also taught us how to inject for worming and given us a load of wormer “it was out of date anyway”.

Some animals consider themselves ubiquitous and multi-seasonal

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and of course Floppy and his Claire think they are here to stay

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while Jenny practices her aerobatics

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Meanwhile the ducks explorations take them to a fallen watering can

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The combination of sucking water from various orifices and beating beak rhythms on the hollow plastic lead to duck ecstasy.

They were trying to avoid the latest worrying intrusion on their patch

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little knowing that a little grit is good for everyone.

Around them all, the fall:

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The nuthatch collects hazel nuts (to hatch…?)

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and some things bloom on

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while the decay creeps up from below

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and a weak rainbow encompasses all

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