The Drainage in the Lower Field…

…is a never-ending task:

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Birds in Wrong Places

Its the age old problem of too many males who have no productive use.

As part of the convoluted series of events which resulted in our current duck miscellany Cagney, our then sole Muscovy female, hatched two eggs resulting in a Muscovy Drake and a Cayuga Drake (don’t ask)

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Elsewhere we have a very stable Cayuga flock cared for by long-standing Drake Lucky so this one has no place there. The Muscovy Drake

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Is very handsome but we already have one too many resulting in John getting rather worn out:

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(John is neither male nor Muscovy – don’t ask)

Meanwhile our broody batch in the summer resulted in three hens and three cockerels, which I suppose is reasonable, if a little unhelpful. One cockerel was disposed of quickly but we thought we would bring on the other two as we did have a vacancy – one vacancy. So now someone has to go:

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To balance things here are two birds in the right place:

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Feed (some of) The Birds

During the recent frost the birds were particularly grateful for a little extra

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but at this time of year demand can be higher than hoped for

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When the starlings move in, all else scatters

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They have an eye for every opportunity

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The hens have to cluster round to defend their rations

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or seek alternative fare

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Jessie prefers stones

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We had no House Sparrows here for the first year or so

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now they are driven to colonise there, bound by nominative determinism

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No one has told this one it is still only January

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This year we are setting up a nestbox camera. At present it is under test outside

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but will shortly be installed in here

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Not a home that will be chosen by the Robin

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nor by the Woodpecker, although we may need to shield it from his attacks

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Some other recent glimpses round the plot

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