Just a short post today as it is already almost seven in the evening and I still have everyone else's blogs to read. A busy day today with various things to do, but home now and settling down for the evening.
This afternoon we paid our fortnightly visit to our Feed Merchant in the little town of Masham. Here is a photograph of the farmer going into the store, and then one of him coming out, well stocked up. That is wild birds, hens, farm cats stocked up for another week or two - and a new collar for Tess as her's broke this morning.
We feel it is very important to feed the wild birds this time of the year. They have such a hard job to keep up with the feeding of their broods, it is a help if in the short time they have to get themselves fed, it is only a short trip to a feeder.
Looking out of the window a short time ago there are hedge sparrows, tree sparrows, two male yellowhammers, goldfinches, greenfinches, spotted woodpeckers, blue tits, great tits, a coal tit,collared doves - all within the past half hour or so. Most of our hen pheasants have disappeared - the cock wanders around like a lost soul all day, never going far from the bird table. Over the last few days a hen pheasant has joined him there; we can only assume she has lost her eggs to some kind of thief - maybe a magpie or a jackdaw or even a rat.
Coffee morning tomorrow morning so something to do tomorrow too.