Farming Friends

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Chaffinch Eggs & Chaffinch Chicks

| May 14, 2010

I have been sent this wonderful photo of a chaffinch nest with four chaffinch eggs inside. The chaffinch nest is usually made from grass, moss and hair with an inner lining of feathers and hair, which you can see in the above photo. It is normally a round shape and can sometimes have an outer covering [...]

White Pigeon Or A Dove

| August 8, 2009

On Monday I noticed a white bird on my garden path and upon closer inspection I saw what looked like a white pigeon or dove. It’s legs had been cut on something but as I got closer it managed to fly up onto the barn roof. It seems to be quite tame and I think [...]

Swallow Chicks Fledge

| July 17, 2009

Last weekend there were five swallow chicks in  a swallows nest in the mill house. The parents had been busily flying in and out of the mill house to feed them. On Saturday morning the chicks were resting on the roof truss in the mill house before they fledged over the weekend. All this week [...]

Swallow Chicks In Swallow Nest

| June 30, 2009

Over the past month or so a couple of swallows have been flying in and out of the millhouse. I have been ducking my head as I enter just in case one of the adult swallows is in mid flight! It took me a while to locate the nest they were making but eventually I [...]

The Claro Tree Sparrow Project

| May 22, 2009

David at has initiated a project in the Claro area of North Yorkshire to place 300 nest boxes for Tree Sparrows throughout the area. The project is very keen to hear from the farming and rural communities if they see Tree Sparrows on their land or in their gardens.  Their website has plenty of helpful information [...]

Sparrow Eggs Found

| May 9, 2009

I received an email about founding sparrow eggs. Hi, my dad found 11 sparrow eggs. We dont know how old they are. 5 were in one nest. 4 in the other and the last 2 in the third. there is no mom. Is there a possibilaty that they will hatch? If so, how do i [...]

Tree Sparrows In Garden

| May 5, 2009

We get alot of sparrows in our garden but I was unsure of the difference between the house sparrow and the tree sparrow. One of my forum readers gave me this information: “Tree sparrows are smaller than house sparrows and have a completely brown head.” Campbell Ridge This helped me to identify the sparrows in [...]

Sparrowhawk Roosting In Barn Roof

| March 11, 2009

Last night I went out to check on my sows who are due to farrow shortly and after leaving the pig barn I went to see what the cats were up to. Stripe who has an injured leg got chased by Fluffy but I managed to stop Fluffy from getting Stripe, phew! Anyway whilst I [...]

Fieldfare Spotted In Garden And Orchard

| February 13, 2009

Fieldfare Last year I kept spotting a fieldfare in the orchard and early this year the fieldfare was back and this thime there were two of them. The fieldfare makes a clacking sound and it’s plummage is brown on it’s back and wings with a lighter brown and dappled breast and grey head. I  haven’t seen [...]

Great Tit Spotted In Garden Feeding On Fatball

| January 25, 2009

I have some fatballs hanging in the garden near the kitchen window. I spotted a great tit feeding on the fatball.               I believe this is a great tit and not a blue tit because of the dark head but I will be checking with my friend Trisha over [...]