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bodger

I fed the pigs this morning !

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.
horace

Lets hope all goes well for them  
HonkHonk

Wow! that is early.   Its summer yaaaaay!!!!  
bodger

It was just one degree above freezing here last night.
bodger

I need to add that I haven't seen a swallow here since this sighting.
HonkHonk

 Still aint seen any here.
olde9856

Non back to our stable yet
bodger

I keep looking sky wards but nothing doing here yet. My Friday the 13th one's were definitely a one off.
brummie nick

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.  
HonkHonk

Saw 2 today on the lines in our lane  
bodger

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.  
bodger

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.
Toddy

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.

M
confused

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.
Mo

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
Dave C

We had a hard frost last night so think it will be a while before the swallows make it up here.
Shaved the Spaniel over the weekend and the birds were going crazy over the hair clippings, ha.
Mo

I can't get my head round a shaved spaniel  
sod

Mo wrote:
I can't get my head round a shaved spaniel  


Agree    
Dave C

Don't worry it's certainly not for cosmetic reasons.
Maybe pet dogs that are pampered & brushed every day can get away with it or working dogs that sit idle out of season, but Mine work all year round, I was out shooting rabbits last weekend and she nearly collapsed with heat.
Her coat is so thick this time of year that these early warm days are quite dangerous for her as she still quarters at full speed.
I also shave her in August when the grouse starts as it's still warm on the fells that time of year.
sod

Thank you, now makes real good sense  
Mo

Thanks for explaining  

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