Springwatch

I think we would call this early summer watch but who are we to argue with the BBC

The nuthatches are nesting under the eaves

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a few metres from the bird feeders and their favourite ash tree

busy bringing out fecal sacs

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We thought the tit population was spurning the nest boxes but inside this one

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are these

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blue tits a day or two old (don’t worry, the handler has all the qualifications and licenses needed for this)

The neighbouring box

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has a less happy contents

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one dead flycatcher chick – what happened is not clear but there is an active flycatcher brood in a box higher up the plot.

Meanwhile Shelia takes his harem for an afternoon free range promenade

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as buzzards watch overhead

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The middle ducklings are flaunting their adults feathers

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and the neighbours cattle, having spent many months indoors, have their first day of freedom – guided by the white bull

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Getting close

Family visitors are enjoying getting close to the animals

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The piglets are starting to take interest in solid food – including grass

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But they still see Spot is the main source of food

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Bert

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keeps an eye

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(or a nose) on them through the fence

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Ducks, young ducks, ducklings

We are struggling as how to differentiate.

We have ducks

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and things we thought were ducklings

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until we had…

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which are obviously ducklings, so what do we call the inbetweeners?

The “ducks” house has been moved to new grass

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and the Guineas are also getting accustomed to their transhumance

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Down in the pig zone the newcomers are being introduced to carrots

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which we have in reserve

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and boots

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and manual reassurance

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Spot’s babies don’t need any reassurance

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knowing that their mum is top of the league

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Meanwhile the male flycatcher is on watch

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checking what is happening inside his box

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We are keeping track of self-sown oaks

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and the meadow is doing quite well considering the grass is still vigorous

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It is all due to the Guinea Pigs…

As the sun goes down over Gribin Isaf tonight

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the guinea pigs are relishing their summer quarters

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after complaining their shed was getting hot and stuffy.

In order for them to move grass had to be cut

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which pleased Spot

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and, after digestion, her babies

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one of whom was even moved to a thank you

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Earlier Spot needed to cool her lower regions

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after fantasising that she had given birth to zebras

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She was pacified by being put in charge of the newly moved feed bins

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Elsewhere on the pig front Bina enjoyed a bit of hands on

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while Bert spent the day mainly lying down

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Meanwhile…

The neighbouring sheep have all left the lower pastures as the upland grass can now sustain them

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the rabbits get ready for their daily task of nibbling holes in the hen netting

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and Twit and Woo, having overnight been moved from their exclusive quarters to being part of Floppy’s flock, stage a chair top protest

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A clutch of our duck eggs are hatching. We were trying not to intervene and as a result the first one did not make the final step

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We are now busy helping out the others.

Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Out and About

Yesterday we ventured off the plot to visit the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Spring Festival.

It was a bit overwhelming with more breeds of hens, sheep, pigs and goats then we knew existed. We came home with a number of treasures including…

two free oak trees

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some produce from Samosaco

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having eaten amazing food at their stall the mother assured us that she made most of their products at home from a small aubergine.

and, having just about resisted the temptation to buy more hens, some hatching eggs

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due to go in the incubator with a collection of our own

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plus a hay rake

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which was put to use this evening

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finishing off our first scythe cut lawn

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Meanwhile down in the pig field Spot is, as always, quite keen on dinner

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while she eats her offspring have a chance to try out solid food

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before she comes and claims their rations for herself

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before asking Bert if he has any leftovers to spare

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But her family don’t seem malnourished. Victoria, the runt, is keeping pace with her siblings

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who generally seem quite rotund

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and also find time to pay Dad a visit

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Bina and Lottie have a less stressful dinner

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We come in from pig duties to find a neighbourly gift

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

If you are going broody this is where you will spend your days

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Egg powered mower

We now have the most efficient mowing machine

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just feed in a few eggs for breakfast and it keeps going all day.

Down in the pig field Bert is keen for his dinner

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afterwards he takes his bucket to bed and settles down for the night

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Lottie and Bina fill up too

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and are then ready for a tummy massage

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The litter take an interest in Mum’s bucket

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and are starting to recognise their own feed

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and afterwards…

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Second spring round we know our visitors and they know their place.

The woodpecker, of course, has never gone away and the peanut feeder is cleared of all other traffic when he decides to arrive

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but we have the same three swallows having the same arguments as last year

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hopefully, like last year, number four will arrive to restore equilibrium.

The same flycatcher has returned

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and is busy around the same nestbox

And the same wagtails are back

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rather put out that blackbirds have taken their back of the house spot and have to find a different place at the front.

Meanwhile the local sheep are herded up the hill

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as the grass slowly gets going upon the tops

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