Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Three mandarin ducks have adopted what was once an owl’s nesting box. They have been here for a few days. The photo is blurred because it is on full zoom from a hand-held phone. I shall report back if chicks emerge!

Peonie (the black cat) has discovered a nest or colony of slow worms at the foot of the south-facing front wall of the house. She is pulling them out one by one. We are rescuing them if we can, but one that she brought indoors was rather badly wounded. We hope it will recover and survive. Another has already been relocated to the woods, out of harm’s (or Peonie’s) way.