Sunday, April 15, 2007

Peacocks and Oystercatchers

Yesterday I saw my first Peacock butterfly of the year while I was working in the garden. Two days earlier, I spotted my first Oystercatcher this year, a mile from the house. They come inland to nest before returning back to the coast. Spring has well and truly sprung.

1 comment:

Minster said...

Did you know that in old Scottish walled gardens oyster catchers were often kept to eat slugs and other pests? Presumably eggs were hatched by a broody hen and their wings were clipped. Apparently they become quite tame, and their appearance and call would delight any gardener.