Is it really here? Was last night the end of frost for the time being? Can we whisper S P R I N G?
We had an omen today.
Our Pied Flycatcher flew in from Africa and… straight into a shed.
This rather fuzzy picture shows him being redirected
towards his reserved quarters which we described here. (As soon as we unblocked the entrance a pair of sparrows were inspecting the box)
Elsewhere chicks are growing
Lambs are congregating
Ponds are vibrating
and insects are on the move
And Blossom is blossoming…
The cherry in the polytunnel
and the ornamental ones outside
Blackthorn is everywhere
Time to blossom
We have hatched many many hen eggs over the years and it was not until last May that we had a case of Splayed Leg.
It took as a little research to find the solution:
The full story can be read here and here.
And now Hubble looks like this:
a slightly too feisty cockerel, in charge of five Speckled Sussex hens
So we were ready when it happened again this month
This time the, as yet, un-named chick only took two days to find his/her own feet
and join her/his peers
We just hope we don’t have a case of Crooked Toes and have to make chick sandals
You can read in this earlier post about our plans for hen production this year.
Today we have some results:
You can see where our wind has been coming from today:
In other words, straight from the arctic bringing… chill:
Recently the skies have held more than the usual quota of Buzzards, Kites:
All keeping a close eye on the ground below
criss-crossing the fields
passing on the news
Because it is lambing time
They are mainly looking for nutrition-rich after-birth, which they won’t find in the field next to us as it is designated as the nursery for some of the weaker, indoor born lambs
They are brought in by taxi
and then have to sort themselves out
Ewes closely inspecting the numbers
until they know they have their right lambs
Our small contribution is to provide the water supply
through the fence
and into the trough
From where it is magically turned into milk
A happy scene
(Before the arctic blast)