Before I knew it, the wheat field next to us looked like this.
The very next day it looked like this.
|Nowhere to hide|
Last year this spelled curtains for my sweetcorn crop. We quickly harvested what was ripe, but the rest got devoured overnight by field mice and/or rats, which flee the openness of the freshly cut field dodging the watchful eyes of kestrels and buzzards, and head straight onto our farm.
|A kestrel and a rook captured in the skies above the |
newly harvested field. Rooks are uncommon on the farm.
This is not pretty stuff, but it is part of the reality of rural life.
So this morning I rushed out to check the traps and to check my sweetcorn, for it has been slow this year and none of it is yet ready for harvest. Just one vole in the polytunnel, which may explain the nibbled carrot tops I found yesterday and so far no damage to the sweetcorn. We'll see what happens over the next couple of days. Fingers crossed.