Tuesday, July 03, 2007

July 3rd.

I heard this morning that there was a chance of frost tonight. Ye Gads!!! And we are into July! The weather for the rest of the week, including the weekend, is mostly rain. I suppose I can satisfy myself by saying it's good for the garden. Won't be able to get much done outside though.

One of the chickens is broody. She's been sitting on four eggs for days and as the eggs aren't fertilized they will come to nothing. Although there are other nesting boxes in the hen house the other hens have decided to keep out of her way and have made a nest in the bushes in one part of the garden. This morning we decided to take matters into our own hands and get her out of the box and get the eggs out of the way. Roger gets his heavy gloves that come almost up to his elbows on, I grab the egg basket and away we go. Amid growls and bites he managed to get her off the nest. I took the eggs hoping that would deter her from going back and settling in again. She went out for a walk about and then ate, had some water and went back in. The only thing I can figure to do is each day take her out and take the eggs, if any, away. Hopefully she will soon get fed up and things will get back to normal.

Not much excitement around here these days I'm afraid. I did see this creature in the greenhouse yesterday. Don't know what it is as I'm not up on moths or butterflies or the like. Maybe someone can tell me. It's very small, about half an inch across the wings. Not the best of pictures but here it is.


nicola said...

sorry have no idea what that is, but you sure are taking some good photos oc

Jan said...

I've been searching through books and stuff to find out the name of your moth. Should've used Google in the first place! Put in "common moths" and this was the third picture along, doh! It's called a Small Magpie moth - http://www.rampantscotland.com/graphics/moth_small_magpie09466a.jpg

oldcrow61 said...

Thanks Nic. Happy you found out what it was Jan. There have been many more around since I saw this one. Good to know what it is. Thanks.