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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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New Arrivals at Cloncaw

27 January 2010 22:36:19
Release of the new arrivals

Release of the new arrivals

No gardening done today but this afternoon there were four new arrivals at our pond. Malachy arrived with 2 pairs of ducks who have now joined the swans, to make sure they don't just fly off some of their wing feathers were clipped and we will feed them so as they realise this is home. Hopefully another few will be delivered by the weekend and while the swans stay Connie won't venture into the pond. Put up some photos in Wildlife 2010

On the propogation front this evening I think I see tiny green heads appearing from the compost amazing in about 30 hours will see better tomorrow but cann't believe so quick.


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fraoch fraoch 27 January 2010 22:39:04

Hope the ducks do well--and the seedlings!


Hoeys Hoeys 27 January 2010 22:40:18

its nice to have such a big pond. what kind of ducks have you released? just wild malards?your place looks so peacefull and natural.


fran m fran m 27 January 2010 22:42:56

Well done on both counts


Cloncaw Cloncaw 27 January 2010 22:46:59

Hoey-These are wild mallards we had a pair on the pond last year but Malachy has been feeding these ones over the winter so the plan is to feed them and hope when their wing feathers grow back they will stay. Pond was an old gravel pit which was a boggy area, we dug it out and has just naturalised it's self great for wildlife and yes it is very peaceful.

Fraoch I hope they both do well - these  are my first seeds in the progator have grown things from seed beore but just cann't believe the speed they have appeared at.


milkchurns milkchurns 27 January 2010 23:02:31

hi there cloncaw. well done with the ducks. if you are looking for another duck of two let me know. i have 7 running about the place here and i am looking a good home for a few of them.i hatched these one myself. the will stay in your pond as the cant fly.they are Appleyard breed.Muscovy ducks are a nice breed of duck. the dont quack at each other the kinda hiss.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 27 January 2010 23:21:24

Hi Paul, thanks we would take some of the your ducks as there is plenty of room on the pond I know Malachy plans to bring us more but we just love watching swans,ducks, moorhens and even the heron it's an ever changing picture.


milkchurns milkchurns 27 January 2010 23:37:19

great. would you like to call here and take you pick or will i just take you any of them. they all colours.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 27 January 2010 23:40:28

lucky you having a pond to have them all. it looks so pretty in your albums. 


Rachel Rachel 28 January 2010 00:06:46

That's the mother of all ponds you have there, Cloncaw.

But did you know that ducks need gravity to swallow? Hence we've had no astronaut ducks as they would have starved in space!


Jacinta Jacinta 28 January 2010 06:20:44

Aw Cloncaw, I so envy you. That is the best, with the ducks. It is just like the cream on top. Well done, and enjoy them, as you have been doing so far.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 28 January 2010 10:36:35

Paul thanks I'll talk to Johnny about it and probably take a trip over, will you be about at the weekend?

The pond or mini lake is the icing on the cake and the ducks are scouting around checking the place out and at the moment the swans seem quite settled, probably if we hadn't excavated it while building the house it wouldn't have been created and would still be a boggy unsightly area, didn't really plan one that big but Johnny kept getting it made bigger and bigger so why complain.


Myrtle Myrtle 28 January 2010 13:09:45

Beautiful to have all that on your ground.


milkchurns milkchurns 28 January 2010 16:13:09

i will be here most of the time. not about sunday but. thinking of having a few beers sunday.gave me a call before heading off..


Cloncaw Cloncaw 28 January 2010 16:45:02

I'll give you a call once I know what's happening but maybe late Saturday afternoon would be okay.


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