Blackthorn Blog

12/05/2013 - Sitting Pretty

Well Spring has definitely sprung and there are lots of birds building nests. For the last 3 years we've had a pair of swans stay over the winter but they've been chased away in Spring by Canada geese. This year, with a bit of help from Mike chasing the geese away, they have nested on the front pond. We don't know how many eggs there are but they've been sitting for a couple of weeks so we're hopeful they will hatch.

Our turkeys have also been busy. We started finding eggs in the barn but no sign of them sitting. We brought some inside and have them in an incubator. Now 2 of the hen turkeys are sitting on eggs. They don't seem to have grasped the concept of nest building though. One is sat in a gap between a pallet and the wall and the other is on top of a plastic barrel with not even a scrap of straw to make it comfy.

We already have the first of the hens appearing with a little brood of 3 chicks. The ducks never seem to make any effort to make a nest so we have a few duck eggs in the incubator as well.

The swallows and house martins have arrived and we also have sand martins nesting in their special wall which we built near the front pond. So all in all we have a lot going on. We'll keep you posted as the little ones arrive.

 

 

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Mike and Rita Corrigan, Blackthorn Gate, Eastfields Farm, Nunthorpe, Nr Stokesley, North Yorkshire TS7 0PB
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