The wind is changing…

The wind is changing and blowing in new visitors. The solitary swallow has been waiting ten days and today the wind blew in his mate. Within minutes they were swooping through the woodshed checking out last year’s nest.

On the wind arrived the Pied Flycatcher

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hoping his mate would not be far behind.

The willow warblers breezed in

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Meanwhile Spot is holding it in

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Bert is not impressed

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Ready, steady…

Red sky tonight

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after snow this morning

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and WE are ready for Spot’s babies:

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However, she does not seem interested

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in spite of having her nipples checked

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outside a blackbird takes advantage of her rooting

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The nuthatch

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is feeding

and getting excited about having its babies

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Shining through the hail

Hail today

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and the sheep breath hangs in the air

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but the sun shines through

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Spot is hanging low

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and flexing her muscles

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knowing that the sleep-with-the-pigs experience now has some internal cladding and reading lights

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Seedlings brave the chill

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Ne’er cast a clout till May be out

Woke to snow this morning, near

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and slightly further away

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Meanwhile, outside the window, the wagtails return

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and start gathering nesting material

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Pippin, who once had only one eye, is re-united with Floppy’s harem

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and Shelia finds a titbit for his favourite hen

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The lucky two out of twelve are settling down

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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12 + 28 = 2

Following the UPS blood on the road carnage we found Cayuga eggs from a couple of sources and put two sets of six in the incubator. Twenty-eight days of turning and humidifying brought us to some difficult births

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and after a period of uncertainty the result is two new ducklings

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Will Spot do better? To see how many she can accommodate we have been counting her teats

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which after spending weeks caked in mud are now, due to pastures new, gleaming and ready for action.

She thinks the best preparation is to have a little lie down

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now that she knows her maternity quarters have a door to keep out the draughts

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Bert also thinks a lie down is probably best

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Meanwhile the field next door looks like a sheep skin rug sale

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Spot moves house

Spot is off to her maternity quarters. Stick and carrot (or board and bucket)

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she looks around

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and is mainly impressed by the fact that mud has been replaced by grass

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does she know her enthusiasm will reverse the process?

She looks inside her new house. We thought transferring her bedding would make her feel at home but this is all we could find

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And now for today’s sheep and lambs:

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Perspective

A couple of days ago we had an unusual perspective on the plot

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as we celebrated a birthday

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with The Annual Walk Up The Hill.

As we rise on to rough pasture the bird life changes. Skylarks are everywhere

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plus the flash of a redstart and maybe a hint of a cuckoo.

The lambs are not used to people up here

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Other glimpses from the outing

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