Monday 17 August 2015
Feathers and More
The other morning when I went to do the morning feeds I spotted a buzzard on the fence beside the Alpaca shelter but he flew off pretty quick, this morning it was there again and I managed to sneak up and get a photo
Odd Job wasn't fazed by it at all being in close quarters
I was hoping to get a photo of it taking off but missed it
The day has been spent sorting out the Citrus trees, I have had them all out of the greenhouse as I spotted scale insect on a few of them, last week I sprayed them all and was hoping for the promised downpours at the end of the week to clean them off, the downpours didn't happen, we had a little light drizzle that did no good
The black sooty deposits on the leaves is a tell tale of scale insect,
on close inspection this is what you will find there is a scale insect on the middle of the leaf
each leaf was wiped down today before moving them back into the greenhouse
Nice clean glossy leaves again, they will get sprayed again in a fortnight and I hope that sorts it out, if left the deposits just build up and smother the leaves causing leaf drop in turn will weaken the trees.
More wildlife in the yard
I spotted this fella today
what a beautiful slow worm (legless lizard) a very useful creature to have around, this one was making its way across the drive.
Tonight when out walking Sol we spotted a grass snake basking in the evening sun in the middle of the path, I didn't have a camera with me unfortunately, I picked it up and moved it off to the side before it became the supper of a passing bird.
Young K from next door popped round today all excited with his fishing net he had been exploring the pond and needed help identifying his find, it was a Great Diving Beetle, I have loaned him a book with lots of pictures so he can show the rest of his family what his find was.
Its been a right day of wildlife up here :-)