Hurry up summer!

At last there is colour coming into the garden. I know we’ve had daffs and spring bulbs to brighten up the greyness but they always seem a bit wishy-washy in the weak winter light. Hurry up summer! I can’t wait for the garden to be full of colour so bright it hurts my eyes. If anyone is wondering why there is fishing line crisscrossing our pond in the next photo, it is trip wire to deter the herons. Based on the premise that they are waders and not divers, I thought of trying it out. It is hardly noticeable and to date seems to have done the trick. I am up and out in the woods at dawn usually and that is when the herons prefer to visit our pond but I haven’t seen them in ages. Hopefully, they have tried one or two times to stand at the water’s edge and been unable to move closer because of the fishing line, so flown off. It isn’t strung too closely so as to tangle them and do them any harm.

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In my last post I told you that I had moved the hedgehog house behind one of the sheds and had trained one of the Trail Cams on it to see if the hedgehogs showed any interest in it. Well, there was interest in it all right. First a squirrel had a look…

Squirrel inspecting hog house 2.4.2017

…and then a mouse had a look and ate the mealie worms I had left out for any interested hedgehogs!

But not a single hedgehog took the slightest bit of interest in the place.  Still, early days…

The Trail Cam behind the log pile did catch one hedgehog on film but it was just in the corner of the shot and hard to tell whether it was just passing or had actually come from under the log pile itself. I can safely say though that there are lots and lots of mice scurrying under and over the log pile at night!

The hedgehogs are busy at night though, getting through a fair bit of food, especially mealie worms. There is one hedgehog that must have quite a flea problem as it is forever scratching!

Two hogs 1.4.2017

We had two partridge in our little woods yesterday! At least they were until I walked through and scared them off into the neighbour’s field. Please come back!

Phoghorn Leghorn has been stalking me for seed lately.  He’s like a Ninja: sneaking up silently and just appearing out of nowhere!  Twice he has scared me out of my wits in the last two days. The first time was when I was knelt down weeding and had been weeding for ages.  I turned to weed a patch to my right and only six inches from my face was his beak!!! I jumped out of my skin. It was like a scene from a slasher movie.  I mean, look at that beak!

Good photo of Phoghorn Leghorn

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