Sunday, 5 March 2017

****** horse ******* box

 Managed to get home in time for a brief walk on Friday afternoon.

Saturday morning and the start of the horsy season, the above mentioned trailer has lain idle round by the shed for some months. I did think to get out early to hitch it up, I had an inkling their might be a slight issue with the brakes, drum brakes.

The carnage does not seem so bad now, dragging it across the grass with one wheel turning did not do the "lawn" a lot of good, or the hard standing for that matter. Took all the wheels off, clobbered the drums with a mallet (carefully), sprayed with mountain bike lubricant and eventually I got all the wheels to go backwards but not forwards. Wheels back on and a bit of forward and back stuff eventually got the brakes to behave, in the nick of time, five minutes to spare....

So there wasn't a lot of birding on Saturday morning, two hours that lot took. A trip to Kirkwall followed as supplies were low, and somewhere in there I wrote a couple more bird report species.

Sunday morning and the Goldfinches were showing well in the garden, they're getting quite tame.

 Starting to sing a little now, there seems to be two males and one female. Also singing this weekend were Skylark, right over the garden and Song Thrush. Lapwings and Curlews are on territory and the many duck species on The Shunan are all pairing off. A record three Pochard were on The Shunan on Sunday afternoon.

Midday Sunday I was patrolling Palace. Dunnock still present and a single Glaucous Gull briefly. Plenty of seals and rabbits with both seal species in the bay or off the Links and assorted colour variations of bunny behind the tea rooms. Brown Hares are much more obvious all over the place. No other birds of note though.

Standard view of the Brough

Dunlin's view of the Brough


The Rooks are showing plenty of interest in the rookery and roosting with Jackdaws most evenings now, shortly the first sticks will be carried.

 Time lapse Sunday evening from the track

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