Friday 14th Oct - Let’s get it said “yes, Wild sounding weather and can’t see a thing at 5.40 a.m !
‘Sneg’ was having a lie-in as he was up rather late the previous night.
2.40 p.m I’d whisked around quick with the hoover, sadly ‘Sneg’ didn’t take to all the commotion, so made sure wasn’t near him. He promptly went to sleep on the rug in our dining-room but not for long as a kind friend Lisa was asking how he was from tweetdeck.....my reply was “Plopping nicely around the dining-room floor in between sleeping and a bit of preening.” Am following around with a piece of kitchen paper to collect his remnants of uneaten seeds and PooP and all looks healthy from his end ! ! ! tee heee
Saturday 15th Oct - A day to be outside with the sun aglow giving us a chill in the air, Autumn has finally arrived......weatherwise. It’s cold brrrrh !!!
‘Sneg’ was put to bed early at 7.09 p.m as he wasn’t rising until 8 a.mish...(which was late for a 'bird')
Sunday 16th Oct - Couldn’t of had better weather, fab !
The moment we turned into the lane heading towards the wood, four male ‘pheasants’ wearing stiff white collars...the appearance of ‘Office Clerks’ and three skinny females strolled their walk on this glorious bountiful countryside day ! ‘Pheasants’ were on the ‘Acorn’ trail.
Two silhouette ‘Buzzard’ shapes sat in a tree further up the lane and a ‘Red Kite’ flew out from our woodland with it’s impressive majestic size was disturbed by the sound of our car's engine. And as we parked safely it flew just infront of us...so we followed it....as it’s flight took it into our Woodland entrance. It was two foot from the ground, with each tip of it’s wings almost touching the growth of bracken growing along both sides of the lane. Such a smooth flight, then turned into our ‘top field’. I followed quietly...the trees were crackling with many fallen leaves and the heavy bounty of acorns falling continuously. The ‘squirrels’ had gone foraging on the ground and could see at least six scampering up up and out of my way! I’d almost turned into the top field and could hear a ‘Crow’ then saw it’s disapproval of the ‘Red Kite’ in it’s zone.......'Red' took flight almost immediately in one direction then turned with ease and returned to scan the perimeter once again., almost oblivious of the frantic crowing sound.
I stood overlooking the Valley from the high Bank, could see ‘Red Kites’ flying around another of their haunts...I waited for a while just to catch another glimpse and sure enough they made an appearance with the glow of sun catching their magnificent Red feathers gliding and surfing the breeze.
Bracken (the pony) was shooing Duke out of his paddock, as dog poo was an obnoxious substance near to where he ate...... and couldn’t stand the thought of it near his luscious grass !!
Monday 17th Oct - A sky of menace and hope mixed together..unsure what we’ll get....... 4.00 p.m A frisky wind brought rods of rain......the type that penetrates whatever one wears !
4.40 p.m ‘Sneg’ has been Scooting around the floor,.....so we have to watch where we place our feet, ‘ Himself’ put him upon the edge of the ‘Creel Basket’ and sure enough he even surprised himself...took off to the ground with no trouble at all ! Won’t be long now until he’s flying....not sure if we have room.....we’ll see.
Tuesday 18th Oct - Woke-up at 1.04 a.m wandering around the bedroom peeling back the curtains to peek...at what ! don’t know. Took ages to get back off as could hear the creaks and groans of the house
I would say it is colder than yesterday with various types of clouds, an explosion of different types !
‘Sneg’ woke at 7.35 a.m and took off on his run around dining-room and kitchen “I wonder if he knows he has wings.” ???
I could hear him doing a ‘tap dance’ of slap slop slap flippin slap’ and givin it ‘5’ then scooted back in dining-room choosing a snug sun-spot just enough for him.
I wasn't gone long to wash my hair and came downstairs to find 'Sneg' had disappeared, Himself and I searched everywhere for a good ten minutes. , there he was....hidden next to the boiler.....an out-of-the-way-spot......meant for him, with the bonus of some concrete grit for his needs.
On our return home from food foraging we drew-up outside our Woodland Gate......sadly disturbed two pairs of ‘Red Kites’ sat in an ‘Oak Tree’ opposite......what a spectacular picture that would have made, will remember this for next time and creep up from further up the lane. They all headed into our Woodland, am not surprised as its brimming over with wildlife !.......this was at 1.20 p.m
5.34 p.m and Himself returns to tell me that eleven ‘Red Kites’ and seven ‘Buzzards’ were sat in the farmer’s field all glowing in the sunshine.....incredible !
Wednesday 19th Oct - And we’re getting hail, Sun, Strong wind with heavy freezing rain ! not something would want to hand around, so I ought to say it quietly.
Sneg went to bed at 8.25 p.m
Thursday 20th Oct - Sneg rose to a dark morning at 7.20 a.m....the sky was trying to tell us something but “what” ?
Never thought the tomatoes would ever turn red !
8.27 a.m And Sneg seems to be partial to affection, which he gets an awful lot of. 8 p.m he was asleep !
Friday 21st Oct - HALF – TERM HOLIDAY YIPPEEEEEEeeee !
Saturday 22nd Oct - A dark heavy thunderous sky which made one feel even colder !
‘Sneg’ had eaten his breakfast early and with a squeaky noise seemed to be asking “whats next”? I have also noticed he is growing into his ‘beak’, perhaps the tap tap tapping on the concrete corner is helping reshape it !
I washed the kitchen and dining-room floors and ‘Sneg’ came on around with me....seems to like the company, I take that as a compliment......coming from a ‘pigeon’.
6.06 p.m Well.....I do declare that ‘Sneg’ has performed a style of flipper dance just for sound effects...testing out the clean surface....way...hey.
This is Sunday 23rd Oct.....
For the last couple of nights ‘Sneg’ has been sleeping on the ‘edge’ don’t mean in a bad way....it’s how they sleep at night.....perched on the edge of his basket.
It rained all night long and looking out at the Crows appeared to be having a jolly good time of testing their flying skills...like a celebration !
Can feel a warm summer breeze...a total contrast to yesterday’s weather ‘Calm before the Storm’ as bad weather was predicted !
We’d been out for a good couple of hours having left the dogs incharge of the lounge and ‘Sneg’ took charge of the kitchen/dining but when we returned...’Sneg’ was squeaking continuously upon our return..... for at least half-an-hour, pining for company......poor little mite didn’t like being left !
‘Sneg’ was nudging Himself’s hand begging for food ‘pigeon milk’ as it’s called.... both parents do actually 'lactate'.
Link > http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2039303/Milking-pigeon-Birds-lactate-feed-chicks.html & http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/f20/found-a-pigeon-here-are-some-basic-needs-8755.html
Monday 24th Oct - An awful long night of what sounded like a hurricane blustering down the bedroom chimney and whisking everything about outside! 'Calm before the Storm' was so right !!!
It was 8. a.m there wasn’t a bird in sight ...could just make out a flickering light through the thick mist half-way up the mountain.....perhaps a farmer’s headlamps gone to check on his livestock.
The Thrills of country living !!!
'A Way of Life'