Tuesday 8th january

It’s been a very dark start to the year but today a bit of sunshine to lift the spirits( not the liquid kind).
Brian has been having a few problems with his cattle escaping through the fallen fences and wandering down as far as the chalets at Earnsy Bay but this weekend he put a stop to their plans by putting them into the two fields.
The swan population on the long pond has settled at nine but it’s too many for some of the occupants and battles are constant. These skirmishes are very serious and sometimes end in a fatality, a few weeks ago, one was found dead on the side of the pond, part eaten, with the head missing, possibly a result of the above. One pair of swans are oblivious to the fighting. (H6P) see attached photo.

Number of birds at the feeders has been low over the last week but today they were back to normal. A Water Rail was a rare visitor this week, but the Carrion Crows are there every morning waiting for us to leave.

Bob and Bri