The RC garden has been very productive this year. In addition to the masses of baby birds (mainly Sparrows and Starlings, but also Dunnocks, a Magpie and various others) that seem to live entirely off of our bird tables, we have the doves that have nested in Mrs RC's home made nest.
This is the second pair of babies that this pair have produced. We just hope that they are more intelligent than their parents...
We also have a mass of baby goldfish. These have been separated from the big fish. Some are in a pond outside, while a small group has been moved indoors for closer monitoring.
|You can see the reflections on the surface of the water.
We are trying to keep both lots safe from predators and things that might compete with them for food, but otherwise we are letting nature take its course. No chemicals, no culling of those that do not meet certain criteria for shape, colour, etc. This is Mrs RC's project, but it is fascinating, and we often find that, while watching TV in the evenings we keep looking at the tank to see what our little friends are up to. The other evening we had a lot of interruptions when mosquito larvae were spotted and had to be removed - Mrs RC is getting good at catching them with long tweezers, snatching them out of the water before they know what is happening.
She is now getting ideas about breeding other things - notably Custard, our Labrador who is now approaching 10 years of age...
Do you think the world needs more Custard?