Our first lambs appeared in the Haunn field on Monday morning when Farmer went to feed the ewes. They are always a delight to see! The mother is one of the older Blackface ewes and she is a keen and attentive mother. At scanning time we were able to separate off the ewes expecting twins as well as the oldest ewes and keep them in the in-by fields (the fields in beside, near the farmhouse), as opposed to being out on the hill with the rest of the ewes expecting single lambs. The other ewes in the fields are the Cheviot and Zwartble ewes who live all year round in the fields.
One of the guests staying at Haunn witnessed a White tailed eagle taking a perfectly healthy twin lamb from the Haunn field on Friday. He was very shocked as he hadn’t realised this happens. Neither Farmer or myself have ever seen this happen ourselves, and usually attribute attacks on our lambs to predating birds such as Black-backed gulls, Hooded crows and Ravens. We have always been reluctant to blame the Sea eagle as we have not seen it happen. So the news that someone staying here has seen it is not what we want to hear.
Farmer is up and out each morning as soon as it is light and checks the fields for the first time before breakfast. He feeds the ewes who need supplementary food. He will bring any ewes in who look like they need his assistance. The cattle shed has transformed into the maternity ward. He walks round the hill which takes several hours, and after a late lunch he will check the fields again. In the early and late evening he is out again around the fields. Tonight he came upon a gimmer, a first time mother, who needed his help. Unfortunately he couldn’t save her lamb.
We are waiting anxiously to see if Mrs Turkey lays any more eggs. For all his posturing, they spend a lot of time not together, and being turkey novices we are not sure what is really going on.
Another cloudy Aurora the other night, but still worth getting the camera out. The difference between what the naked eye can see and what the camera picks up is quite considerable, but it feels like magic to me. You never know what the camera will show.