From Piggy cam to Wild Bird cam
So it happened last week! We knew from the beginning that our Oxford and Sandy Black Pigs were here for meat, but it didn’t make it that much easier giving them their last feed! However, the end came and it felt fine, the main reason being that they had lived such an idyllic life for a pig. They had plenty of space to run around, they had trees to snout about under for insects and roots, and they had a lovely warm dry, spacious little house with a couple of bales of straw which they had made into their nest. I was struck by their total obsession with food and by their cleanliness, they always poo in the same area and their house was spotless inside.! So Piggy cam is no more I am sorry to say, but we shall probably do the same again next year.
We have now installed Wild Bird Cam on our bird table which is an incredibly busy centre for a huge variety of birds. I have to say it costs a fortune to feed the birds, we fill everything almost daily, but it is worth it as you will see if you stay for a while and watch them! So far we have seen the Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Robin, Chaffinch, Nutchatch, Great Tit, Dunnock, a couple of Collared Doves. On the ground we have the Green Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Pied Wagtail, Golden Pheasant, Magpie, Jay, Blackbird and countless Pigeons. Occasionally a Sparrowhawk swoops down to try to catch a smaller bird and often succeeds, especially in late Spring when all the fledglings are around.