Look who I saw today on my way home in a grump about wet feet and failure to photograph any of the tens of damselflies I had been stumbling about chasing around a small patch of marsh. I'm assuming the two small birds fluttering around with it were the surrogate parents and the cuckoo was certainly squawking at them a lot. Not absolutely sure what they are as they were so far away; not even blowing up the picture can produce an absolute identification, but I suspect they are Meadow Pipits, poor things. I never expected to see this spectacle for real. Apologies for the quality of the photo!
Some other birds over the weekend:
Dancing Siskin juvenile
Grumpy looking Blackbird Juvenile
Evil looking Blue Tit with porridge nose and some more....
Over the weekend, we dropped a friend of OB's back at a 'Family Fun Day' in the village of Drewsteignton. It was not a huge affair and was somewhat lacking in self publicity. When I saw the entrance I had to laugh at its low key approach - irresistible I'm sure you'll agree:
We found this lovely frog under a tarpaulin covering some off-cuts of wood:
Two more lovely hardy geraniums are flowering in the garden:
Not sure what this one is but I love its subtle reddish purple veins and deep cut leaves
Trigger is much, much better and looking fabulously shiny in the sun. On average I'm removing two ticks from him and Snippet every day; I'm fast becoming an expert with the tweezers and the anti-clockwise twist.
The Madams aren't looking too bad either:
A few more pictures from the weekend....
As you can see from the picture above, all the foals are changing colour. Not a great look for this little one who looks like he has a serious skin condition.
It's the school sports day tomorrow. Sport is not Origami Boy's thing. Maths, yes, but there are no prizes - no glory for maths. Usually he dreads this day but, when he got home tonight, he had the fantastic news that he is one of only two boys from his year to qualify for the high jump. Every year, he comes almost last in the sprint and feels a bit downhearted so he's absolutely delighted to have beaten all the sports stars in the school. We're really proud of him although, secretly, I'm really pleased maths is his biggest strength. Shhhhh.
Until next time, here's a windy Snippet.