Pet Antics and Other Tails

We have enjoyed a wide variety of pets and pet antics over the past few years. We can boast a small chaos of characters, from rabbits to cats, ducks to dog, not to mention snakes, hedgehogs, owls and the odd mouse or 47.

All of their frolics inspire us to write and photograph, even video, them. You can read about their adventures here, as well as see their antics on Pumpjack & Piddlewick on Instagram.

a murder of crows - predator or protector of ducks | PumpjackPiddlewick

We have a murder of crows. Yes, a flock of crows is actually called a murder (etymology link). They live in a big tree at the bottom of our garden. Well, actually they live or fly between a triangular series of trees encompassing our house and barn, but mostly theyRead More →

A soap opera duck drama at PumpjackPiddlewick

With the advent of spring always comes the inevitable duck drama. Hormones, testosterone, mating, nesting, and various predators coming out of hibernation. All combine to make you feel like you live in an overwrought soap opera at times. Yesterday dawned, literally, as normal. I got my coffee ready and tookRead More →

Do ducks grieve? We look at how at PumpjackPiddlewick

I was watching a recent video from one of my favourite YouTube channels ‘Gold Shaw Farm’. The video topic was ‘Do ducks grieve’? He wasn’t certain, hence the question, but I can tell you one hundred percent – Yes. It made me realise that this is a duck tail topicRead More →