Second Spring Surprise

If you look clearfully, you can see two lambs.

If you look carefully, you can see two lambs.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. As, mummy and daddy suspected more lambies were born over the weekend. Mummy had to give the mummy sheep some assistance because she got stuck behind a gate and was separated from her babies. Mummy got her out and reunited her with her new twin lambs. Mummy suspects that we might have some more lambs soon. Watch this space.

On mummy’s way home from town she saw some pukeko birds.Ā  Mummy thinks they are very pretty but she would not like any to visit her garden.Ā  They, like peacocks can be very destructive.

P1040241P1040238P1040240Love Nellie and Jasper, the two bestest maremmas in all the land.


Pukeko Porphyrio porphyrio

Pukeko are also known as swamp hens and are the most common of New Zealand’s six species of the rail family. The rail family consists of the takahe, weka, banded rail, spotless crake and marsh crake. Pukekos are found mostly in swamps and in poorly drained pastures throughout New Zealand and Chatham Islands.

Though native to this country subspecies occur in other countries.

When disturbed, pukekos flick their tail flashing the white feathers underneath, seen in the photograph at the bottom of this page. This habit of tail flicking is common to rails. There is no real difference in the appearance of the sexes except that males are slightly larger.

Their diet consists of the soft parts of vegetation, insects, worms, fish and occasionally young birds and birds eggs.

Four to nine buff-coloured eggs blotched with purple are usually laid in untidy ground nests made of local vegetation. When pairs nest close together egg stealing can occur. Sometimes two or three hens may share a nest and under such circumstances over a dozen eggs may be found in one nest.

19th century recipe for pukeko. Boil for 3 days with a pair of old boots. Drain well and remove laces prior to eating.

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8 Responses to Second Spring Surprise

  1. Yay!! More lambies!! ^_^

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  2. It’s a sweet moment to see this little lambs. Your pukeko birds look a little like my neighbors the guinea fowl… :o) I’m not sure if my mom gives me her boots to cook a pukeko… do you think it works with jogging shoes too?

  3. fozziemum says:

    Oh lambies Squeee…I am still eyeing off the little ones here šŸ™‚ the way their tails spin like chopper blades when they drink…squeeee..and well done mum to help..the mummy would have been very upset ..we have a species of swamphen here to in Australia..but then we are neighbours šŸ™‚ hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

  4. so many exciting things going on over there!

  5. PigLove says:

    So sweet, cute and adorable!! Babies – we all ā¤ babies! XOXO – Bacon

  6. Kyla says:

    In that recipe, shouldn’t you discard the pukeko before consuming?

  7. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Those birds are very pretty. We never saw them before. Looks like a bird we have here but nutty forgot it’s name
    Lily & Edward

  8. We have never seen or heard of Pukeko birds – how wonderful! We love the untidy nest, egg stealing, co-brooding *BOL* and the recipe…well, we can’t wait to hear from you how they taste *BOL*
    Wally & Sammy

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