@ Nige and Ann, We'll be here till mid March (Apt. is said to be completed just before end of 2019 or early new year but looking at the build progress I doubt it will be Dec/Jan which they are stating at the moment ! and we wouldn't move in straight away as we would want to get all the necessary installed and the items out of storage, etc. ) Nothing more has been mentioned about sealing off the under-eaves but I think because these are private long term rental properties that it is the rentees that complain about the poopy mess. Of course, a lot of folk are neither interested or clued up about birds and hence don't understand the importance of welcoming these precious birds but our landlord is fully aware and I will press the importance even further when I speak with him should it be mentioned again; there are lots of outbuildings/farm buildings around here so should the worst happen there should not be a shortage of places for the HM's to rebuild and nest although I know they tend to return to the same nesting site each year. Early days but the HM's have us fighting their corner whilst we are here !
@ Ann, must have been lovely watching the SMs in such good numbers. The Swallows are doing exactly the same here, grouping together on the overhead cables, flying around to feed on insects and gathering again. Hopefully we get a decent prolonged spell of settled weather so they can get a good start on their long journey southwards; you can't help thinking about the miles they and the other migrants fly and across the vast Sahara desert; it never fails to impress me how the first time juveniles (even with their genetic imprinting) find their way to a new destination (for them) so very far away. Making the most of them at the moment and crossing my fingers for a safe journey.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
A few from today, another trip to see the deer but also dropped down into the valley and Derwent. Great to see the highland cattle back on Baslow Edge too.
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Bob S said:
As ever, lovely photos Bob.
I was going to ask if the highland cattle were on the Barbrook side, which is where I used to see them when I walked around there, but the first pic looks like the southern edge of the moor?
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HAZY said:Fabulous photos Bob and lovely part of the country.
Hazel, it's a lovely moor, and if you don't mind heights, from its southern edges, there's some fabulous views.
As with a lot of Peak District moors, there are a number of small stone circles, and a long since disused reservoir, that kept silting up, so it was drained and then the dam was breached to stop it filling up.
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