The seasonally warm weather earlier is now producing young of many species. Many birds are starting to appear. I spotted this young sparrow chirping on the patio.
baby bird
Please refrain from the tempation to help, nature must take it’s course – but eliminating hazards like bringing the cat in will help!
If you find a fledgling that seems to be struggling…, they can really chirp VERY loud and are agonizing to listen to, rest assured the mother is probably close by and teaching the skills neccesary for survival.
Amazing how they leave the nest without being able to fly!!
Days Description
Hatchling 0-3 wisps of natal down on body, eyes closed
3 eyes open
Nestling 4 primary feathers (also called pin feathers) pierce skin, they look like blue  tubes sticking out of the skin
6 nestling responds to alarm call of parent
7 primary feathers unsheath
10 bird is alert, stretches wings and legs
13-14 able to flutter and hop from branch to branch, fully feathered, but has  short tail and wings, leaves the nest
Fledgling 14-28 they do not return to the nest, but are still fed by the adults in nearby  trees or on the ground if the young have not yet mastered flying

By popular request…


fox and sheep

Christmas Day 2010 - a bold fox visits the sheep only yards from our front window

Several people have asked for a proper look at this photo, which is one of the random ones that appear at the top of the blog page.

A good time was had by all…

…at the Family Fun Evening organised by South Hill Women’s Institute last Saturday.

Fun and GamesAround eighty people of all ages enjoyed a supper prepared by the ladies, and took part in quizzes and team games.  Liz Moir compered the evening, with and without the help of a microphone, and we very much hope that enough cash was raised to put a seat around the tree in the new playground.

For Facebook members, South Hill has posted more pictures.

Full report and pictures also in the next Newsletter, due out at the beginning of June.

Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project – events coming up

Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project

These include:

Invasive Plants Day – Sat 19th May (learn about Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and co.

Pull An Invasive! – Sat 26th and Sun 27th May (helping to clear Himlayan Balsam at Higher Tremarcoombe)

CHAHP and Liskerrett Centre Partnership Painting Days – Fri 11th May (Water On The Moors) and Fri 25th May (Golitha Falls)

For further information and booking details, click here to download the CHAHP poster.