Rosemary was doing an ad hoc check of the field, when she spied some odd activity and so got the binoculars out. It looked like a large bird of prey was eating a late breakfast.
A few minutes later, large bird had gone but something remained….. the breakfast? Surely not a lamb? Rosemary went out to investigate and found, amidst some feathers, a buzzard, lying on his back, looking near death but with his stomach still going up & down. His eyes were open but his head looked at an odd angle and a bit bloody. He didn’t respond to her shadow over him. Fearing the worst, she went back to phone the RSPCA for advice. Several phone calls later, she awaited a call from them and went to check up on the patient. This time he looked brighter and moved his head and opened his beak. She assured him help was on its way and went back to the house wondering how to pick him up (to take him to the vet) without hurting him and without making contact with his beak.
But wait, Miles & his mum were in the pick-up in the field checking on their sheep. They paused by the bird. Rosemary shot out. “I dispatched him,” said Miles. Oh goodness, thought R. “He’d got himself cast, so we righted him with my stick,” said his mum, Annie. Ah! breathed R with relief. “I didn’t realize that could happen to a large bird,” she babbled to Miles. “Well how do you get up if you’re stuck on your back?” asked Miles. He had a very good point. Everyone decided the buzzard probably flew into a nearby powerline and stunned himself on impact.
R phoned the RSPCA to tell them to cancel the call and the lady on their helpline was also surprised to hear buzzards can get themselves cast.
So now we all know it’s not just sheep that need righting, keep your eyes open and binoculars & stick handy.
Country Landowners Association Game Fair Saturday 26th July. We visited the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace on the Saturday. Fairly early start and no real problems getting in. Previous day we had heard of people turning around and not making it because of all the traffic.
The day was very hot and sunny, the place was packed with stalls selling various country goods from posh tables, wood stoves, wood central heating, wellies, guns, and the latest 4 x 4. Notable exception was that Landrover did not have a stand.
Took a look at the birds of prey, and watched some flying with Jemima Parry-Jones.
Spent a considerable time down by the river watching the dogs retrieve their dummies. Later met up with Ann and Chris, we were going to see Chris perform with his gun and dog, but alas the stand had finished.
Very pleasant meal (BBQ steak) with Ann and Chris in the camping site attached to the Gane Fair. Left after dark, took a little while to find the car parked on its own in a dark and large field. No queues leaving at 11.00pm
During one of Rosemary’s ad hoc, but frequent, sheep counts of the field flock, a discrepancy was noted. One extra. More stringent stocktaking showed the reason – a tiny, newborn lamb. It is June, isn’t it?
Rosemary has reported that my weeding of the pond has caused disruption in Moorhen World. The weeding from the pond is still on the bank, (allowing the pond life which was removed to wander back into the water at their leisure). Alas they are too near the bank, and the increase in height compounded by the slippery mud has made it difficult for the moorhen to get out of the pond. Rosemary was attracted to this plight by considerable squawking and splashing as the moorhen tried to surmount the bank side. Why it didn’t try an easier route is anyone’s guess.