Friday, 6 August 2021

Sheep - Pink Floyd (from the album Animals)

 While the Heart of the Summer remains a little dull, which is usuual, our attetions were more or less focused on domestic animals rather than those of the wild!

For a couple of days now this fence post has been snapped off at the base allowing the Sheep to roam freely outside of the pen but luckily they don't seem to stray far. Just as well as the are over 200 head of them in this compound alone, but travelling to flash up the Moth traps yesterday evening things were turning the the shape of the proverbial Conference (Pear that is).
Dogs had attacked one of the hapless creatures forcing it into a deep ditch with the Fire Service being called by some concerned passers-by, recovering it and washing the mud from its fleece. 

This morning

were everywhere, in a flock considered 1,000 strong,
and while not quite so numerous so were the
still 'free-ranging' but not far from home with the
Shepherdess and her Team on their way from Mid-Dorset as we continued our day.
From the Moth Traps a 'first for year'
along with a ditto
On the way back the tables were turned as finding this
had broken 'into' the compound, flying right in the face of the norm,
as the first ever to be recorded across any of them.
We had already dragged an image of a
from the bowels of the archieve, just to give some idea, and then finding
that the
first one had hatched
with the paler of the 2 parent birds
already bringing home the groceries.
Our intent now will be to capture better images when it / they reach more open water,
while closing with another example of just how well the
have faired this being the 'second generation'!

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