The sheep that graze the orchards at Swan Barn Farm were due this week. No sign of lambs yet, but new life is obviously in the air, as… there’s a thrush nesting in my toolbox!


The toolbox is in the shed where I keep all of my shepherding gear. I went in there the other evening to get some feed for the sheep and nearly jumped out of my skin when a mass of flapping, feathers and crossness took off right by my side.

What a place to choose to lay her eggs! I left the toolbox near the shed window a few weeks ago and I guess the thrushes have been quietly nest building behind my back ever since. It is actually pretty quiet, nobody really goes in there apart from me, and because it’s near the window it is a nice warm spot.

I think the poor thrush was just as startled as me, but she came back to her nest as I regained my composure and quietly backed out of the shed.

We seem to be getting used to each other now. For the first day she took off when I went in to fetch bits and bobs, but came back pretty quickly to her beautiful eggs, now she just stays on the eggs and gives me a bit of a look.

eggs in toolbox

I hope she manages to raise her chicks, its rather nice seeing her there whenever I go to fetch stuff. Funny the things you find in your toolbox sometimes.