Yesterday, whilst trudging over the marsh with my sore feet (caused by months of walking in wellies if you ask me), I suddenly spotted a group of birds ahead of me. Could they be fieldfare? They hadn't flown off immediately and they looked too spotty. I quickly snapped them on the ground without much success and then again as they flew off. After downloading them , I'm was pretty sure they were Dunlins but have now been corrected thank goodness. They are Golden Plover. Thanks Mark from http://blackriverlakeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ and Ragged Robin at http://raggedrobinsnaturenotes.blogspot.co.uk for your help!
Sorry about this one!
Yesterday, as I wandered over towards the tin hut searching for Betty again, I heard a load roaring which turned out to be a friend in his tractor, cutting fire breaks into the parched dead grass. He said they will be swailing soon (burning for good reasons). They will drench the breaks and set fire to the grass in between to regenerate. I'll try and be there to photograph it. It makes an odd sight: a tractor in the wilderness.
I saw Daisy, who is back out on the moor. The owners of the bungalow are here at the moment and probably chased her off. She was back overnight munching on the grass up the drive. She is ENORMOUS:
Here is the same view today:
And yesterday with the rain, or rather sleet, chasing me. I got very wet five minutes from home.
Today I saw these ponies. Lovely but not ours! I guess I may just have to give up on them. Perhaps, like a watched pot, they may boil or turn up if I give up hope. Mmmm not the best analogy there - sorry! I'm sure you know what I mean.
Bit of a dodgy picture of a Stonechat:
I'm having huge problems getting everything done at the moment and am wondering what on earth I would do if I worked full time. I haven't done a drawing for weeks and there are a million things around the house that need doing that I just don't get round to. The time between dropping Origami Boy at school and him getting home on the school bus goes in the blink of an eye. Admittedly there have been medical and dental appointments every day so far this week. I have my new crown/bridge now and it's a revelation. Almost worth the bankruptcy induced. I thought I was quite a good time manager but I'm having my doubts! Trigger is still alone by the way....no sign of the mares....they're still hiding from him. So, until next time, here's Snippet over-sticking himself. Have a good remainder of the week.