THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

9 August 2013

DODGY CHAFFINCH AND JACK'S WEEK SO FAR


I noticed this young Chaffinch about a week ago because of its strange colouring but assumed it would start changing like the other males. However, it doesn't seem to be happening. Instead of the usual glorious burglar-like mask, this boy is sporting less colourful look. He's also extremely cautious, and flaps around the feeder a lot, very rarely landing, so most of my pictures of him involve a flurry of wings. Maybe he is in fact a she.....only time will tell:


Here's a good one of the top of his strangely pale head:

                                     
Flapping around an equally dodgy looking Blackbird:


Most of my bird photos this week seem to involve flapping wings:





Jack is settling in incredibly well and is learning about the moor from Snippet. He has stolen his bed and my socks on a regular basis. I'm learning not to leave them at his level when changing from wellies to sandals. They make a great team.


Walking up to Kestor Rocks and back is a good distance for him at the moment and OB's friends like to go up there too, so he's been finding his inner goat.







The rodent hunting and digging instinct are pretty good already.



There's a lot of sleeping too. Going.........going.........


Gone.





The holidays continue to be a social whirl for OB, with me tagging along as taxi and secretary. I managed to miss a birthday party on Wednesday as sheer weight of writing on the calendar for that day obscured the afternoon's plans. OB was NOT happy. My holidays were nothing like this; days on end of solitude and making cardboard horses and intricate cardboard stabling for them and their two dimensional riders. Until next time, here are our lovely pair of dogs, noses to the ground as they should be. 



48 comments:

  1. Now you are going to have two heads in holes and tails in the air.. lovely pics!

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    1. At least I can usually predict where they're going to be!

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  2. Jack see....Jack do. Too stinking adorable.Glad to see that Jack is working on the sleeping part of being a dog...it's very important,you know.
    Jane x

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    1. Jack see Snippet barking at every car that comes up the drive, Jack do it too....hmmmm.

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  3. Jack is gorgeous, I did enjoy these pics.

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  4. Whast a wonderful pair they make. I just love how Jack follows behind Snippet -- and the going, going, gone, is hilarious. Jack has had (and yet to have) some good exercise, food and example to see him into his young adulthood. Your photos are wonderful.

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  5. Well I remember the chewed sock stage!! I'm so glad that's over.

    At the moment Jack's a baby and needing to sleep a lot, but I predict that in a couple of months he'll be wearing Snippet out and it'll be Snippet lying exhausted in his wake!!!

    Enjoy your holidays together all of you.

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    1. He's started digging. I haven't told my mum that he nearly dug up her new lavendar plant yet - I think I got to it in time....

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  6. Hi Em Wonderful series of shots of the 2 dogs. Jack is so cute and I loved your text on the 'sleeping'shots. It will be interesting to see how your Chaffinch will turn out!

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    1. Yes - I'm still not sure about it. I think BB might be right about the mutation. We had a white-ish sparrow a few years ago which meant we could age him. He lasted about three years as far as I remember.

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  7. Em, I have said it before and I'll say it again -
    that dog has really landed on his feet. He looks
    so happy and is such a lovely addition to your family.

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  8. Lovely to see Jack and Snippet enjoying themselves so much and having fun together :) Some beautiful photos there - love the Dartmoor pictures.

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    1. I don't think he can quite believe the space. Snippet was the same.

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  9. It's wonderful to see Jack off exploring with Snippet and then sleeping after all that fun. It is lovely to see the two dogs getting on so well. I love all the birds, too, especially your fascinating Chaffinch.

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    1. I like the one hovering in the air the best!

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  10. What a wonderful place Dartmoor is to exercise children AND dogs. Snippet and Jack look as if they have always been together, bless them. I wonder if your Chaffinch has just a slight colour mutation? There is an incredibly light-coloured Kite I know of.

    How I longed to climb a tor when I saw your photos. First rule of being on Dartmoor - you cannot go home unless you have climbed a tor!

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    1. Well let's hope you can come and climb this one soon.

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  11. Ahhh, Jack is SO cute. Don't worry Snippet we still love you :)

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  12. Hi Em, I love to see dogs being dogs, what a wonderful place to grow up and explore for both Jack and Snippet. I'm delighted they are getting on so well. Love the last photo with tails up and heads down.

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  13. Jack seems to be a perfect fit! The moor in the background of some of his photos is breathtaking! I love the incoming photos of birds!

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    1. I just stand there pressing the button and hoping for the best Gail.

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  14. lovely to see the 2 dogs together, I can see now how much smaller Jack is. They certainly seem like a happy pair of pals.

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    1. We're getting a bit concerned he's going to be enormous Kath....the legs just keep growing and he's only been here six days!

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  15. Jack up there on top of the world and completely grounded. It seems he could sail off into the unknown, or at least a herd of sheep, but no, he has business where he is! Not to mention, threading his way back and sleeping.

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    1. It took Snippet a long time to be perfect with sheep so we're anticipating a long haul here too.

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  16. Jack is absolutely cute in his doggie suit !

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  17. So pleased they are getting on well.

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    1. Poor Snippet has scabby bits on his muzzle where Jack's needle teeth are penetrating!

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  18. Jack looks like he was MADE for life on Dartmoor - lucky puppy!

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    1. I hope he's happy.....I think he is.

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  19. What a gorgeous new addition to the family, Em! It looks as though Jack and Snippet will soon be inseparable ...

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    1. Annoying though he is for Snippet sometimes, I think he'd be lost without him now.

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  20. What stunning place to take the kids and the dogs for a walk! And that puppy is just ridiculously cute! :)

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    1. He's growing up VERY fast though. The legs just get longer and longer.

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  21. ;) lovely set of photos, a glorious summer for both children and dogs...

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    1. Better than the last few summers thank goodness, although the clouds are looking ominous today.

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  22. We had a female sparrow with a white head for 4 years. The good thing about the odd ones are they are easy to recognise. Your dogs have so much fun!

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  23. It is really helpful. I'm hoping he/she stays that way.

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  24. You need cake dates to counteract the 'play' dates! I spent summer hols riding my bike around. Jack is lovely in the fur!

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  25. How lovely!! Jack looks like a great character already! I expect snippet likes having a little friend!

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    1. Apart from the gnawing of the cheeks - yes!

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