Quite what they gain from the slightly raised vantage point is beyond me. A sense of superiority perhaps.
The life of a budding retailer doesn’t allow much scope for Bank Holidays. I surreptitiously caught glimpses of the weekend’s nuptials via the shop computer and when there were no potential customers in the vicinity – judging that if someone had made a conscious decision to be out and about they were presumably trying to avoid aforementioned celebrations.
So the weekly day off was welcome. No great agenda for the day out, a dissection of an auction sale, a walk to the top of a hill, a spot of gardening. Also spent a while trying to persuade our broody hens that their instincts were false – as yet there’s been no great response to the act of lifting them out of the nesting box (they just make their way back there) so, on the recommendation of some friends, I tried the ice pack in the nest box method. Resilient animals hens; they were a little put out, but that was about the extent of their reaction to this arctic chill. We’ve got used to 3 eggs a day, so dropping to one a day is a bit of a blow.
Even chickens get camera shy.
Unfortunately they don’t seem to be shy in other aspects of life. I can now open the front door at almost any point during the day and guarantee that there will be 3 chickens installed on the front step. If they could actually muster the enthusiasm to lay some eggs I may be more forgiving.
For once I don’t have to wrack my mind to try and recall the recent bird sightings. Courtesy of partaking in the RSPB bird watch over the weekend I have a list:
Not nearly as exciting as I had hoped for – no sign of tree creepers or nuthatch. Willing birds to appear during a designated hour doesn’t seem to work.
I hereby resolve to get back to regular postings of bird sightings . . . not that I’ve spotted anything revelationary.
This is a past week kind of list. Much of it in the back garden. My supply of bird food lasted until the thaw so I don’t feel too guilty that the feeders are empty at the moment, but must go and get some more food for them soon . . . and maybe try and persuade them to not eat it at such a rate.