Wesley is the main contributor to the donations as he lives in an eternally warm den to keep his upper respiratory infection of a blocked nose and occasional sneezing and dry retching from getting worse, so he sheds daily onto the fleeces.
There are many breeds of small birds that I feed daily, year round and whilst I have never seen any of their nests I am sure I will find white and grey fur happily padding the insides. I think they need all the help they can get when looking for suitable material.
Outside the Greats and the Blues will have nests built already. Spring has been very late this year but now the blossoms are in full bloom and the insects are everywhere.
Following on from those are two more exceptional ones! On the left is a photograph of a cormorant from a very lovely lady that I am lucky to know - Pat Knowles a very talented photographer and on the right is an old print of a Nuthatch on a Silver Birch.
Like this rich and dreamy image of a cormorant, which I am delighted to own! and is for sale in Pat's Photography shop on etsy Photogenic Gallery.
Pat also has images that she has manipulated like the snowy one above. These are my favourite colours - browns and blues and I love the composition and subject matter of this one.
And Pat also has very beautiful flower photographs. I'm not really a knowledgeable flower person so I have no idea what their names are but this white one has petals that you can literally feel - it's like a dream!
and this one of a blossom of some sort is captivating! Just look at how it presents itself to you with the rest of it's flower friends watching from afar!
I've noticed that Pat is drawn to the aqua greeny colours and I happened to have a nearly new, rather-on-the-small-size-sweater in just that hue so I made a couple of friends for her - Baby Swan Pretty - with a piece of old vintage lace on her back,
Little Pretty is one of the smallest babies on the lake and is so very energetic. She has taken to her swimming lessons with flying colours!
She is the fastest to cross the lake on her own, can dive down to the very bottom of the edge of the shallows and has no problems popping up onto the side of the pond when she needs to get out.
Pretty has shown great athletic promise and already she is being groomed for first place at the leading fliers V flight configuration team! Pretty is so very excited and every day she has started to flap her tiny little wing tufts in anticipation.
She has also received the Golden Medal for Bravery on the Lake of Saving a Non-Swimmer when she rescued her new friend Baby Hare Fauna from the shallows not that long ago. She is now teaching young Fauna to swim every day and it’s rather a funny sight but she tries not to smile too widely. Fauna is giving her lessons on how to run on land. Now that’s really, really hard work! She prefers to wait patiently on a side table until it is time to go to the pond for her training lessons.
Fauna is a very impressive sprinter for one so young. She practices down near the lake every day. She sprints amazingly fast over very short distances and is now increasing the length gradually.
She also loves to spend her days at the edge of the lake with her new best friend Baby Swan Pretty.
She met Pretty not that long ago when she found herself in the lake during a sprint and was struggling to get out. Pretty had raced over when she heard the little hare’s cries and bumped her up and out onto the soft grass. Whew! that was rather scary!
Little Fauna is now taking swimming lessons with Pretty every day. Sometimes the water can be rather chilly but she has to run around the rocks three times to warm up first. It takes no time at all and really works!
Fauna is returning this favour by teaching Pretty to run faster on land. Pretty has had a few tumbles and Fauna has tried to stifle her giggles but usually they both end up rolling around on the ground in laughter! Fauna loves to sit on a shelf where she can see her friend Pretty and wait for the right time to go for her swimming lessons.
These two youngsters are now happily in their forever home and young Pretty has left her down filled nest for sure.
I wonder whether there was any rabbit fur in there?