Strange how some days have a theme running through them. Yesterday was a birdy sort of day.
We had kites. No, no, not those jolly colourful things with strings that are so much fun on a windy day, but Red Kites - Milvus milvus. And Kites plural. Not one, but two.
We're more familiar with buzzards up here, sometimes seeing 3 or 4 wheeling gracefully over Badnage Wood. Kites are a less frequent sight, although over the last 12 months we've come to think that one is living locally. Today though we had a pair circling overhead. They twirled over our heads, rising and falling, avoiding the Ravens which seemed most put out by these visitors. Eventually they drifted away and we returned to our chores in the field. I wonder if they are nesting locally - or looking for a nest site. There are plenty of eminently suitable places round here. I would like that very much.
Swallows. Until recently we didn't have a field shelter. The Glam. Ass is actually still putting the finishing touches to it in terms of owl boxes and down-spouts but it is, to all intents and purposes, a finished thing, a neat timber construction under a blue slate roof. It appears to be just what the swallows have been looking for - a very des.res. They have built a nest up in the apex of the roof and we hope they will lay and hatch a brood there. They whistle round our ears if we go in for the tractor or for shavings and if a small bird can be threatening, well we get the message. Clear orf.
Another des.res. This is my new broody coop:
Is she grateful? Is she sitting? Is she steady? Is she 'eck. This morning she is pacing and clucking like a thing demented. Something is obviously not right. Perhaps this will be an un-broody coop. That's fine by me - she can go back in the pen and get on with egg producing again. A small hen house will always be handy. (Did I ever think in my former life I'd find myself saying something like that? Answer: No.)
*At the end of last week we called in at ICH Joinery and Timber - what used to be Powis Wood Yard, just outside Welshpool, opposite Coed y Dinas. The timber business not being what it was they've diversified slightly with a side-line in architectural salvage and we were lucky enough to buy a couple of pieces of furniture for the garden - when cleaned up they will look fantastic. There were boxes too - not just a few itsy matchwood things, but something like 1300 sturdy wooden crates....We bought 5 for £20 - thinking they would make good planters and, spotting one with a panel missing, thought that would form the basis of a small hen hut. Just add legs, a roof and a door. Well done that man.