19.4.39.

Clear, sunny & rather warm.
Starlings have been courting for some days past, & flying about with straw in their beaks. One starling, presumably the male, sits on a bough erecting its neck feathers & making rapid clicking noises with its beak, besides the usual crooning. A fair amount of swallows about. No martins yet.
Sowed peas (Notcutt’s Lincoln, 1 1/2 ft.) Sprayed about half the nettles under the walnut tree with sodium chlorate. Sitting-eggs came today but cannot obtain broody hens yet. M. restless & off her feed, possibly still on heat.
Very clear weather for the eclipse of the sun (anular°, starting at 6.28 pm, which was clearly visible. At the time of the great eclipse, 7.15 pm when nearly half the sun was covered, it became somewhat dark & cold, but not enough so for any reactions to be noticeable in birds etc. The hens did not go into the houses.
Nine eggs. (Today’s price 1/8d a score.)

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5 Responses to 19.4.39.

  1. The Ridger says:

    As an American, I’m always surprised by how much European like starlings!

  2. Clint says:

    ))))))))))))

  3. Darn those pesky nettles.

    Juglans regia?

    I say. Rather.

  4. I’ve been away for a while.

    NINE EGGS???

    My God!

  5. iheartfilm says:

    Just read “Keep the Aspadistra Flying” for, like, the tenth time. What a gem.

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