Poppies and Partridges

Sorry it’s a blurred photo of the partridges, but they made off as soon as I stepped outside. After a season of being shot at they are a bit sensitive about people pointing things at them. They pottered across the yard, but were disappointed to find that we are now keeping the poultry food more secure – no more free feeds!

They are eating grit from the roadway to help with digestion. Because they don’t have teeth birds break their food down by using grit in a muscular stomach known as the gizzard. This grit eating behaviour is used in medicating red grouse.

As a result of that link I now know much more than I want to know about gizzards and their traditional culinary uses. Having only ever used them in making gravy I’m amazed at the variety of uses. I say “amazed” but maybe in the case of pickled turkey gizzards “appalled” may be a better word.

The grit used to grind (known as insoluble grit or flint grit when you feed it to poultry) is different from the grit fed to laying hens to help with egg shell production (known as soluble grit or oyster shell).

Yes, as I wrote that I too was wondering what sort of person knows these things.

And then there were the poppies. I’m trying to photograph poppies at the moment but wind and rain and poor light are all making it difficult.


10 thoughts on “Poppies and Partridges

  1. Helen

    The bumblebees are having trouble accessing the pollen on the poppies in my garden because of the same you are finding with photography. I can’t believe it’s July.

    1. quercuscommunity

      I will use the adversity to become a more serene person. Not that I want the serenity, just that Julia says I’m in danger of being carted off if I keep on standing in the middle of fields shouting at flowers.

      1. quercuscommunity

        With age and serenity comes wisdom. A wise man avoids conversations that link the Head Gardener and ranting at flowers as there is much room for misunderstanding. πŸ˜‰

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