Thursday, March 11, 2010
Mad March Hares emerge from winter
As we very slowly emerge from the cold winter, the lengthening days are now encouraging wildlife to become more active. Hares can be seen across the fields boxing each other in the fight for territory and mates. There have been some early leverets but many of them will have died in the harsh conditions. This past week the Green Woodpecker or 'Yaffle' has been particularly vocal as he shouts out his home range. Nearby the Great Grey Shrike, which we first found before Christmas, has been giving great views nearby from increasing numbers of birdwatchers.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wildlife is blooming at Hilltop Farm
The Cowslips and Apple blossom which made a fantastic show are melding into a rich tapestry of brilliant summer colours. A lot of birds are now breeding successfully. A family of seven Mistle thrushes came by yesterday and an exceptionally large brood of twelve Long-tailed Tits. The Robin started sitting on five eggs in the hollow of the Apple tree right in the front garden. Both Grey and Red leg Partridges are nesting in the barn field.