Bird Watching

This morning I woke up to the electricity going off, my phone was on only 5%, my Mac book 0% and no way of making my much needed morning coffee. I had my tantrum and then weighed up my options, luckily my boyfriends mum had a portiable charger, not enough for my Mac but more than enough for my phone. After spending the morning helping with the ducks, I decided to spend my spare time bird watching after I discovered a nest built amongst Ivy that crawls up the outbuildings walls. At first I thought the birds were Robins but after a second glance, a quick google and reading, ‘A Field Guide to the Birds of the British Isles’ I found the birds to be Wrens. Photos of the nest and chicks (undisturbed) coming soon.

Balmer, E. (2007). A Field Guide to the Birds of the British Isles. Oxford, United Kingdom: Parragon Books Ltd. (Page 180).

Indian Runner Crested (Pom-Pom) Ducklings

Ducks as Pets and Duckling Photoshoot

We have had Indian Runner Ducks since October 2016, sadly only three ducklings hatched and all were male which raised a few issues. We sold one of the males to a loving family who could provide him with a mate, so we currently have two adult male runner ducks and five newly hatched runner ducklings who we hope to be female (we are unsure of their sex as of yet). Ducks make really fun pets but I strongly feel that along with rabbits and other smaller animals, people often mistake them as being ‘easier’ to manager and cheaper to look after. This is not the case. I strongly believe all animals are a lot of work and responsibility but from experience (living with quails, pigeons, ducks, a rabbit and 4 dogs), dogs make easier pets. Dogs still have many requirements but overall they are easier to clean, feed, walk, and to kennel.  Birds and small animals however, are not, they are much more complicated. I would even go as far to state that birds more so than other small animals and pets are very dirty, resulting in a lot of cleaning.

Below are some photographs I have recently taken of the Indian Runner Ducklings, they are just over 24-hours old.