Sunday, 6 May 2012

A Pretty Visitor

We have been watching a pair of Red-legged Partridges which have taken up residence in the field outside Woodlouse House.  Another name for them is 'Frenchies' or French Partridges as they were brought to England in 1770 when our Grey Partridge population was depleted due to overhunting.

Until the really bad weather last week our Red-legged Partridges were sticking to one area and one of the birds tended to be sitting a great deal of the time.  Since the rain they have moved about and actually wandered across to our side of the lane yesterday.  Would love to see tiny Partridges following them but nothing so far.

They lay clutches of 10 - 16 eggs and, according to the BBC, "have the unusual occasional habit of laying two clutches of eggs in different nests. One clutch is incubated by the female, the other by the male."

Woke this morning to the sound of a Whitethroat singing in the hedge and we had Swifts overhead plus a Hobby - three new ticks for the garden bird list.

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