Posted on 17 October, 2017Comments (0)

Farm News

Farm News

Julian is sat on a tractor drilling next year’s crops at the moment so this article is a quick look at our environment from “her in doors”.

If you walk past a field where the ground is being turned over and look up you will probably see at least one and sometimes 7 or 8 kites circling the tractor looking to see what is being disturbed by the machine; an easy way to find lunch. If you look down, when walking the footpaths, you may see small mammals rushing to find sanctuary in the hedgerows or game cover around the fields.

The hedgerows are alive with small birds feeding on berries and insects and if you have feeders in your garden you may have been visited by a flock of long tailed tits as they pass through in a noisy rabble. Recently we have also had a pair of nuthatches visit the bird table as well as goldfinches and a variety of other small birds from sparrows to chaffinches.

We have a very grumpy looking toad hunkered down under some bark on an old tree stump in the garden and the occasional dragonfly or damsel fly passing over the pond, which is home to at least 12 dragonfly larvae in various stages of growth.

Just be aware that now that more food is being put out on bird tables you may also be feeding a community of rats who are dwelling under a shed or in a compost heap. They are incredible agile climbers and can shin up a bird table metal pole as if it were a ladder. The answer to this is to grease the pole with Vaseline or car grease. They look very confused when they slide back to the bottom.

If the weather holds and we get the sunshine we are promised, then most of the autumn drilling will be over in the next few days and Julian can tackle the pile of paperwork that is accumulating on his desk.

As he mentioned at the harvest supper Jacque, the ram, is out with his ladies and is looking content. Next March we will find out how effective he actually is.

I have just been checking on some of the more obscure collective nouns for groups of birds that we may see around the village. These are just a few (there are many others)

Bullfinches – a bellow
Goldfinches – a troubling
Hawks (in general) – a kettle
Long-tailed tits – a volery
Magpies – a conventicle
Nuthatches – a booby
Pheasants – a bouquet
Sparrows – a ubiquity

Julian will be back next month

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