Yesterday I noticed House martins circling around whilst battling the Hairy Bittercress in the garden and looked up to see them land on what I had thought was a dark mossy patch on our neighbour's house. They're nest building! Very exciting as apparently the previous house owner knocked the nests off at least 14 years ago and they've not been back since. The pictures aren't brilliant but here they are:
Incredible how they seem to be clinging on to nothing. When I went out with Snippet later, I found where they were getting the mud and took this extremely dodgy picture. It would take a few hundred pounds more camera investment to get a better one I'm afraid!
Actually, having blown it up, I quite like it, but I'm probably alone there.
Isaac and Foal A are the only foals who are bonding. All the others seem to be either alone with their mothers or hanging around with two or three adults. I do miss last year's herd. Foal A continues to be extremely vocal and protective, of Isaac too now. Here they are together....
I think this next one is little Bow, but I'm getting seriously confused now. Today I saw yet another black foal who is clearly very new but looks exactly like Foal A. Even if I make a Foal directory I'm going to struggle.
Cows in the sunshine. Some farmers are taking their herds off the moor due to lack of grass. It's still really brown out there as you can see:
Here are a few sheep studies. Some lambs have been born out here. I found the remains of a dead one today, or rather Snippet did.....
Sitting here at the computer, I'm slightly worried to see no sign of those House Martins today. Perhaps they've given up.....I do hope not. I had great plans for a 'progression of the nest' post! Until next time, have a lovely weekend and here's one of our Magpies on the roof and a Sparrow coming in to land; a complete fluke of course.