Life coming, Life going

It seems a long time since we planted the seed that led to tonight’s dinner

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The salad we planted today should be ready a bit more quickly

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We have some new arrivals

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Hatched two days ago, ten chicks from fourteen eggs is a good brood. This one almost made it

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struggling for over a day before it gave up.

A more mysterious fatality was this Red legged Partridge

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which we found in one of the duck pools, where it may have been some time. This is not a species we have ever seen round here so whether it had been dropped from a great height or arrived by other means is a puzzle.

Another first today is visual evidence of possible nesting intentions – for the first time in this box which we have had up for several years

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Some other glimpses of developing life

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Ready, steady, sow

As the light fades this evening, a blackbird commands its territory

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Its that time of year for everyone from ducks

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to water boatmen (and boatwomen?)

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Encouraging noises have been heard from the vicinity of the owl box

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and the frogs’ heads start is showing progress

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The potting shed has been fettled

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soil is being prepared

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and seeds are on the go

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The poultry have been enjoying some chickweed

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Some other Springings:

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Turning the corner

There may still be snow on the hills

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but after an interminable time of rain and wind the skies are clearing

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and light of an unfamiliar hue is allowed through

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The lambs have to adjust, having previously thought they had been born to an aquatic species

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As our eyes lift, no longer blurred by drips, we see new growth all around

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The frogs have expanded their breeding ground into the polytunnel

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and the Thrush is on territorial sentry duty

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As the day ends this moon makes its first appearance

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and we hope the imminent equinox will truly take us into Spring.

Getting closer

It has been very wet… and rather chilly…and a bit grey…

…time to zoom in a bit a look a little more closely.

The willow flowers are doing their silky thing

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and then opening out into a mass of yellow anthers

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Hazel catkins look a bit more spiky up close

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Inside a hellebore

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and who is living in this daffodil?

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Only just noticed this blossom has started

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Love in the Lake

Down in the Lake things are moving

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heads are surfacing

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limbs are stretched

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and the chase is on

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Once round the reeds

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and down to business

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Soon the shallows are filling up

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But the next morning there is evidence of casualties in the night

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These provide a good game of chase for the hens

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and swallowing challenges for the ducks

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We decide to use an infrared camera overnight to see who is attracted to this tender fare.

The frog eyes show up bright under the camera light

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First visitor of the night:

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Later, number two arrives

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and then the third diner

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Thankfully frogs seem to work on a theory of superabundance in their breeding so as to take their place in food chains seriously.

March brings breezes loud and shrill…

As Sara Coleridge observed:

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil.

Bit more than a breeze today

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Birds needed to be quick to catch the feeders

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Although the new “small bird” feeder, stuck firmly to the kitchen window, was well patronised

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And as for the daffodils – not so much stirred as laid prostrate

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Only at low levels could normal activity carry on

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