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I fed the pigs this morning !
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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:46 am    Post subject: I fed the pigs this morning !  Reply with quote

I fed the pigs this morning but guess what? I was accompanied on my rounds by three swallows !      In all the years that we've lived here, I don't think that we've ever had them this early before.
We live in a particularly mild area of the UK and now I'm hoping that the cold snap that we have forecast doesn't do for our very early visitors.

Not that I need cheering up particularly, but seeing them has really put a spring in my step.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets hope all goes well for them  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! that is early.   Its summer yaaaaay!!!!  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was just one degree above freezing here last night.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to add that I haven't seen a swallow here since this sighting.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 Still aint seen any here.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Non back to our stable yet
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep looking sky wards but nothing doing here yet. My Friday the 13th one's were definitely a one off.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I read 'I fed the pigs this morning' I thought I was going to hear a 'Blues' song, Big Bill Broonzy,or Little Walter.  most disappointed.  
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw 2 today on the lines in our lane  
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last evening, we lit a fire outside in the garden and we had our dinner alfresco.
I'm sure that it wasn't the divine smells of the curry that did it but suddenly there seemed to be swallows in the air everywhere. These are the first ones we've seen here since the intrepid three that I saw on March the thirteenth. Its nice to have them back home again and their arrival means that I need to start and think about covering anything in the barns and stables that I don't plastering with swallow poop.  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This time last year I'd already seen some swallows but although there are reports of some having already arrived, I'm yet to see any.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No swallows up here yet, but the little birds have started nest building. Robins and sparrows and bluetits (and I think wrens) in the ivy covered fence, and sparrows and coal tits (and I think the blackies too) in the beech and holly hedge. I look onto a neighbour's gable and the bluetits are back under the broken edge tile there again too.
They're all foraging bits of dried grass and the wool I stuffed into a spare birdfeeder and hung up for them.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was at my caravan for a few days and spent a lot of my time watching a wee wren building a nest in a box I put up about 9 years ago , my wife also suggested that I filled one of the feeders with cuttings of wool from her crochet work , I also put the clippings from the dogs haircut in the feeder as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

confused wrote:
I was at my caravan for a few days and spent a lot of my time watching a wee wren building a nest in a box I put up about 9 years ago , my wife also suggested that I filled one of the feeders with cuttings of wool from her crochet work , I also put the clippings from the dogs haircut in the feeder as well.


It's an idea I came across recently, having a feeder type thing filled with nest building materials.

I don't need to cut our dogs hair, just gather up the 'tumbleweed' that collects around the house

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