Doves, Ducks and Deer

Well, Phyllis Pheasant seems to have toddled off to the woods to find Phil, so the chicks can meet Dad. I’ve not seen them about in the garden for a day or two. I’m missing them: suffering from ’empty-nest syndrome’. It would have been nice if they’d stayed a bit longer…or even said, ‘Goodbye!’ Huh! That’s kids for you!

Never mind, I’ve still got plenty to keep me busy.


The doves nesting in the bush in our garden must be about due to hatch. On looking it up, I’m reliably informed the incubation time is about eighteen days and it can’t be far off that since we first saw the two eggs. Dave and Dilly take it in turns to sit on the nest. Looks like Dave takes the early shift from mid-morning to late afternoon whereas Dilly takes her turn in late afternoon and overnight to mid-morning. Since the nest is right outside my bedroom window, I quite often watch the changeover. I love it. They have a wee ‘coo’ about how the shift went, a wee nod or two and the one takes over from the other.

Then there are the shelducks Sam and Sheila, who have taken a liking to the pond in the field over our hedge. They seem to have a nest somewhere in the vicinity since they are there day and night and have chased off a couple of their mates who were taking too much food from their pond. Apparently they quite like to purloin an old rabbit burrow to nest in.

I like to keep an eye on them too, looking forward to seeing baby ducklings on the pond any day soon.

While watching out for them the other evening, I was delighted to see some young deer in the field, congregating on the far side of the pond.



And all of this without stepping outside the garden!

Needless to say, all this baby watching is playing havoc with my writing: on the one hand all the creativity is inspiring, on the other, I keep interrupting myself to check what’s going on out there. However, I have managed to get novel number four, Here At The Gate, completed and off to the publisher. It’s now just a matter of seeing which babies are born first, doves, ducks or books.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zee
    May 18, 2014 @ 23:40:29

    What a beautiful life you have, and so many lives to share it with. Congrats on getting your next novel off xx

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  2. Michelle Stanley
    May 19, 2014 @ 01:06:27

    I’m smiling away after reading your postThis is a book in progress, Christine. Phyllis Pheasant, (not sure about dad’s name); Dave and Dilly Dove with their brood, and Sam and Sheila Shelducks. It’s not only entertaining reading about them, but educational too. I know a little about the duration of hatching and rituals of the birds. You write about your wildlife maternity ward in a very amusing and interesting manner.

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    • cicampbell2013
      May 19, 2014 @ 08:15:35

      Thank you, Michelle. I’m so pleased you are enjoying reading about my brood. Hmmm! You’re not sure about Philip Pheasant…Pyllis and Phil…too samey, d’you think? Maybe need to change his name by seed poll 🙂
      How about Phelan? Bring an Irish flavour to the family.

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  3. teagankearney
    May 20, 2014 @ 15:32:27

    Yes, as Zee and Michelle commented, your diary of the ongoing wildlife activities is addictive, and I can see why you want to keep checking up on them. A lovely post.

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  4. Michelle Stanley
    May 21, 2014 @ 00:35:41

    I didn’t see Phil’s name when I first commented, wonder why I missed it? Just read it over and saw it. Perfect name for dad.

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  5. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    May 24, 2014 @ 11:22:11

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    This is a lovely blog – we are lucky here in the mountains to have a great deal of wild birds from nightingales with their beautiful if slightly noisy sons to eagles that soar in the afternoon sun and you hope will not mistake your immobile sunbathing body as prey! Here is a post about gentler beings, doves, ducks and deer.

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  6. Carole Parkes
    May 24, 2014 @ 11:49:39

    What a lovely gentle and relaxing blog. I too am having my fair share of baby watching; rabbits, robins and pheasants have been visiting my garden, all with their families in tow. The Greater Spotted woodpeckers, both male and female have started visiting regularly too. Isn’t it delightful to spend time watching them all?

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