Moving to the Second Home

Over the last two days Rory and Stewart have travelled from their winter quarters

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to the summer chalets

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(where the over-wintering hedgehog is already encamped)

a distance of about 20 yards.

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If you are thinking of moving into your summer home they have some tips:

It is important to spread around your scent

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Don’t forget to trim the lawn

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You may want to start digging an escape route

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Keep a good look-out

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And remember, the grass is not always greener

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Long Haul Flights Running Early

He arrived today

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all the way from western Africa

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back on the same tree

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as last year, but ten days earlier – here he is arriving on April 17th 2019

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The local Tits were not amused

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His favourite nest box was ready and waiting, but without a front as cheeky local sparrows had been trying to squat in it

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When we put the front back the sparrows were straight back in so a temporary blockage was put in place

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By arriving early our Flycatcher must be one of the cleverer ones as UK populations have been declining

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possibly due to the migratory species not being able to arrive earlier than in the past and so keep up with the climate change induced earlier springs and associated earlier availability of the insects essential for raising a brood.

Blackbird Pie

Mrs Blackbird has been absent for a while… sitting somewhere.

But this afternoon, at feeding time, she is here with Mr Blackbird

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loading up to capacity

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to deliver to the bushes

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Oh, and the Pie?

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no Blackbirds, just our own grown bacon

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