The squirrel feeders get checked on a regular basis. The food level is checked and the sticky tape that is underneath the inside flap of the feeder is swapped for a fresh one.
Today when the feeders were checked, all the sticky tape had small bits of red squirrel fur on them!
After four sets of samples have been collected, my portion of the red squirrel survey is complete. The samples will be posted away and scrutinized under a microscope.
The fuchsias have overwintered successfully. New leaves appear. I will remember what happened last year and not let them get frosted.
It will be the vernal equinox on Monday and Tuesday, the 21st the second batch of eggs are due to hatch. I am hopeful but actually more fearful than I was last time. I know the heartbreak of a failed hatch. The eggs are in lockdown now. No more turning. Just waiting.