Unexpected behaviours

The tree creeper has been much in evidence recently, tree-creeping (obviously) and wall-creeping

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but today it decided to try out some garden bird behaviour, using the ground feeder

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We asked Bert if he would like to visit Dinah again

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he seemed keen.

We led them to the common ground

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they had tea together and then went home to (seperate) beds

Another round of the moon

We have been a bit preoccupied during January, but as another moon reaches fruition

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life has been trundling along.

Today Bert trundled for a tryst

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Nearby the new duck and hen colony is bedding down

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The straw delivery creates a lot of interest

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and the ducks take a lot of interest in the construction of their self-draining pond

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just a question of where to drain it to

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James has been (sort of) tamed

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We have had a little sun, glimpsed through the rain, mist, drizzle and fog which have predominated

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and signs of new growth are visible

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We have seen our first outdoor rat – after three years here. Tend to look on it differently to our inherited indoor rat who is now feeling comfortable enough to venture from her cage and take up residence on the armchair

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and thanks to this

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these pictures are now leaving us slightly faster

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Duck Ablutions

Washing is a serious business for ducks

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those feathers have to be kept in perfect shape if water is going to run off a duck’s back

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Down in the new hen and duck run the temporary arrangements have not been approved of

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too much queuing

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So work begins on new facilities

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Hopefully the built in tap on a cut down IBC will make flushing out easy.

Ian is the first to take the plunge

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But Mr James Muscovy sees feathers in water as a signal of only one thing

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Ian tries to recover his dignity

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A tale of six ducks

Yesterday morning the three Muscovies (who had arrived as companions for Solo – now integrated with his Cayuga peers) woke up to find the sky had fallen in – or, more prosaically, the heavy wet snow had brought down the netting and broken the supporting poles

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These ducks were due to move to a new run, shared with the young hens, so they were just evacuated a little sooner than planned

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They introduced themselves to the hens

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(or the hen’s food at least)

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The female was happy as she had a new (higher) stump on which to stand to be worshipped

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and they settled down to enjoy their wheat

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Come bedtime, Ian was about to settle down with his buddies St John when he was snatched away to join his Muscovy peers

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A new day this morning – temperatures up, snow gone, and treecreeper wall-creeping

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Ian was not happy

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while his peers were enjoying green under their feet (not white, not brown)

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he had to hide from their hostility

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St John were not happy either

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without their leader they were directionless.

The only thing to do was to take them to join the others

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With Ian having protection the lead Muscovy had to take out his dominance on us

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He is handsome though

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Over the hills

A bright dawn yesterday
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as we take Muriel over the Pennines
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The previous evening we spent preparing for the journey
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Inside – our lemon, bay, rosemary, yew, fennel seeds and ferns plus hay and lemongrass oil

Outside:
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Family assist the last journey
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While the youngest descendant looks on
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Bertamus and Thisbe

I kiss the wall’s hole, not your lips at all

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We do need Dinah in pig but have not got the time to facilitate that right now

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Bert – mark for calendar for 21 days from now

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Elsewhere in the sun today…

Through last year’s detritus
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New life thrusts
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The sun shines through
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A new poultry enclosure takes shape – with fox-proof (?) electrification
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