Yesterday I noticed one of the Nuthatch parents seems to be struggling a little with its grooming now its become a parent. They were both so sleek and full of themselves before the children arrived. Both are a little frazzled looking, but this one is looking seriously worse for wear. No time for preening these days. Such a familiar problem!
Here's the slightly better presented one but still not looking its best:
All the new parents come to the feeding station, not to gather for the babies, but to have a quick feed to keep their strength up for the endless foraging. Species usually intolerant of each other are eating together in these exceptional times:
This is my favourite!
The Great Tits have been absent for a few weeks but are now back, presumably as their eggs have hatched:
A few more images from the last few days:
What a fabulous place to live
Feathers of a peacock at Woodlands Adventure Park....you don't need, or want, to know any more about that place!
Origami Boy scooting home
The flies have arrived at last. For some reason they gather inside our window frames and, on opening, flood the room in a hideous swarm. Nice.
I'm losing track of the foals but I think this is a new one. There's no definite herd like there was last year where I could compare one with another, just a series of individual mares and their offspring.
This sheep seemed to think I had something for it
Heath Milkwort at last - thanks to the little camera's fabulous macro function for this. The flowers are absolutely tiny
A stressful couple of days involving my mum and A&E on Sunday night, and short shrift from a doctor at 11.30pm. I won't bore you with the details but suffice to say she's fine. I seem to be getting even less done than usual but at least our runner beans are in and, as yet, remain uneaten. Potatoes are up and salad crops sown. After last year's hopeless lack of anything, things are already looking better. I shouldn't have said that should I - by tomorrow there will be rows of runner bean stumps. So, until next time, a couple more male Stonechat pictures. Featured on Springwatch tonight, talking of which, one of our local Chagford postmen was filmed a few weeks ago for the programme. He's known as Hairy Dave and I'm not sure if I've missed it or not.....