Soay Sheep UpdateI didn't tell you that some idiot let their uncontrolled dog chase the Soay Sheep earlier this month, one ran off towards the cliffs and had been stranded for a couple of weeks.
We have spoken with the rangers regularly (who really do look after them) and they hoped it would scramble back to the flock eventually. However on Friday the RSPCA winched the sheep off the cliff and the RNLI came out to give them support. So I'm very happy to say all 11 are back together again.
Brixham Farmers Market SundayI went off to the farmers market this Sunday as I haven't been for a long time. Last time it was full of stalls selling cupcakes! However I'm really pleased to see it's coming along nicely and the variety of stalls was much improved. I met Elizabeth and Steve Westcott from Mrs Westcotts Honey Products in Brixham and bought a lip balm which is so soft, and a delicious honey, apple and apricot chutney. Elizabeth teaches bee keeping for beginners in Torquay and also writes for the Devon Beekeeping Magazine. I bought quite a few items and was so busy chatting and buying that I didn't get any photos and I'm quite cross with myself.
Seagull Chick TimeWell all the sitting and waiting has been worth it, as we now have more and more chicks on the rooftops. In the image above the Herring Gull has its nest over to the right of the photo. I'm worried as you can also see 2 Black Backed Gulls sitting near their nest on the next house along. They are brutal birds and will kill the Herring Gull chicks given a chance, so I'll be watching out regularly and hoping it doesn't happen.
Here you can clearly see the nest and hopefully the 3 chicks. It's not the best quality image as it's quite far away.
Here's another family with 2 chicks across the road.
Springwatch is doing a very nice piece on the urban gulls in Bristol and I think it's important to show people these beautiful birds up close, pairing for life and being such good parents, instead of stealing chips!
Birds in the gardenAfter a few years of hardly a feather, with the garden beginning to mature and fill out, I am starting to see the fruits of my labour. I've had plenty of birds stopping on the new trees, some regular pigeons and house sparrows in the birdbath.
This pigeon stops by every lunch time and I have bought pigeon feed for her. She sits and waits for me, but is still not quite brave enough to stay whilst I fill the table.
One of many Wood Pigeons that visit every day. They are great fun to watch and have some difficulty manoeuvring from the roof of the bird table onto the tray below. They have perfected a move which involves sliding down the roof edge on their feet and at the last minute they fly and land on the tray....sometimes they don't make it!
A Blue Tit has discovered the coconut feeder and comes every day to feed on his/her own. I'm really hoping they will bring chicks along eventually. I have had to wire the coconut feeder as we have a resident crow that defends everything in the garden. He very cleverly uses the string to pull the half coconut up to his feet and then eats the lot. So I now wire it instead and it's proved too difficult for him.
I do love these little guys, its so entertaining seeing them take a bath. I just managed to catch these two yesterday through the living room window. We have plenty of Sparrows here in Brixham.
LacewingsHas anyone seen any Lacewings this year? I looked them up and it seems they like damp gardens, which is probably why I don't have any here. We used to have at lot where I lived before, they would hibernate in the house. I'm really having to get used to the different wildlife here.
On holiday this week with Hubby....and look at the weather! We had planned to go off to Cornwall today, but the forecast was not good at all. So we are at home sheltering from the wind and rain and looking forward to a fish and chip supper in Brixham..Hurray, no cooking! Hopefully we will go on Friday or Saturday...my camera is already packed.
Welcome to new follower Em Parkinson from Dartmoor Ramblings showing how beautiful Dartmoor is.