The hottest winter day ever…

This may not be good news but we might as well enjoy the light

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as it filters through the hellebores

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The warmth has persuaded the first daffodils to open up

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and the crocuses continue to shine

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enticing a pair of Peacocks

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The Cayugas have to take a bath

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and Jessie finds training…

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… all a bit much and needs a little lie down in the sun

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All eggs in one basket

Egg production is slowly increasing, here is today’s haul

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And none of them are thanks to these freeloaders, who have to flaunt their handsomeness in order to stick around

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and Darling remains in residence

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Hedgehogs should definitely stay in bed

The sun may be shining

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The bees may be buzzing

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Young ducks

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may be laying their first eggs

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Buds may be bursting

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and the nights may be bright

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but hedgehogs should still be hibernating.

This little one spends all night looking for food. There at 9 pm

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still searching at 3 am

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and still at it when it is six o’clock in the morning.

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Although Seven degrees is not cold, he has been doing this even when temperatures were as low as one degree. So he should only be coming out occasionally for a top up, not constantly hunting for food. We decide to take him into our care.

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Weighing just 460g he will be fattened up with the other guests to return outside when the real Spring comes. Could well be a previously fattened up hog we released last summer after the drought.

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Avian Valentines

As the sun disappears, after a day of non-stop duty

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and the moon takes over the cloudless sky

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a busy day comes to an end.

Blue Tits have turned their mind to mate attraction, laying claim to desirable residences and shouting about them very loudly.

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“This one is mine”

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This individual

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is probably unaware that its chosen home

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is fitted with a camera inside.

In the trees down the valley

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a Mistle Thrush shouts its claim.

A tortoiseshell is tempted from overwintering in the house to take a trip outside

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and the crocuses

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see if they can open just a little bit wider

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Darling the Starling

Every winter our resident bird population grows a thousand fold

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as the Starlings descend

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taking over the fields

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taking over the trees

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and taking over the feeders

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At the end of every afternoon they head off South-West to roost

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All except one

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Darling the Starling has decided to roost with some of the hens

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It does not seem to have difficulty flying as it heads off each day but it is either deficient or ostracised

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as it is now part of this flock

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Cagney looks on

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