This blog is covering events/jobs to be done during our first year of our Vegetable Plots !
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Wednesday 11th May - "Thump", on front window downstairs – a ‘House Martin’ did a Face plant , left a tongue mark then flew off. The poor little mite having such a shock – thought it could fly through a glass window.
This Beautiful Pair of House Martins have been taking their restful moments in our Old shed - they're not Nesting in there thankfully, as Cats roam inside. This isn't a great picture but gives you an idea of just how protective they are of their territory, displaying disapproval of me taking a photo.
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Thought I’d let some fresh air into the rooms upstairs , on opening the window saw a beautiful pair of 'Collared Doves' sat perched on the shed roof. I could hear a lot of humans gabbling on in some sort of conversation - suppose it would be a safe idea for them to view from higher ground.
Thursday 12th May - A cold strong wind today with some cloud. The smell of fresh grass with the taint waft of dung from the fields awaken one’s senses for an early morn.
Our Mountain Ash Tree has flowered first time after waiting at least ten years, will have berries late Summer to early Autumn. And with it being a ‘Rowen’ will be able to make Rowen Jelly for Christmas., on second thoughts there won’t be enough and would much rather let the Wildlife enjoy !
The ‘Blue Tits’ have been extra busy , I guess the Chicks have hatched and the feeding frenzy is on ! They’ve been in and out all day long. The sounds of new hatchlings give immense excitement , as a Burst of Life has emerged !
They fly continuously back n forth towards the Wood and on their return carry huge beak fulls of bright green caterpillars – they certainly look productive holding the munched-up food.
And here is it's tail having entered at great speed !
Early evening and many more ‘House Martins’ have moved in the Village. They swoop low to the ground around a field of grazing young bullock’s feet. , with a collection of House Sparrows feeding from the same ground. I believe there’s a muddy patch which is useful for the Nest Building Martins. From a distance I notice how ‘Sparrows’ fly , " they bob up and down" - and must flap their wings almost continuously, if they want to stay up ! Whereas, Swallows and House Martins have a totally unique flight skill, wings are longer, more aerodynamic allowing more control., although I did see one struggle in a cross wind earlier but soon zoomed out with ease.
Been out to cushion the lovely juicy strawbs from the soil with some white garden fleece, not many, just enough for what we require. “Not going to be greedy”.