Moving the visiting ewes into a neighboring field was not as easy has I had hoped it would be, as one of the girls was a bit nervous. All I was doing was opening the ram barrier and letting them out into the orchard which the ram lambs had just vacated.

Ram Barrier To Be Removed

Ram Barrier To Be Removed

As soon as I had the right hand section moved The Welchman knew he was going to find wind fall apples and more grass. So lead his visiting ladies through the gate into the orchard..

The Welchman With 2 of His Visiting Ladies

The Welchman With 2 of His Visiting Ladies

Their heads went down and started munching green apples right away.

Munching Green Wind Fallen Apples

Munching Green Wind Fallen Apples

But the third visiting lady was just too nervous to move out of her comfort zone.

Third Ewe to Nervous to Follow

Third Ewe too Nervous to Follow

I shifted out of her sight line hoping she would trot through the gap to follow her friends.

Third Ewe Still Not Coming Through the Gap

Third Ewe Still Not Coming Through the Gap

I shifted again out of her sight line and sat with the Big Fellow waiting for her and trying not to get impatient.

The Big Fellow Watching The Welchman Munching Apples

The Big Fellow Watching The Welchman Munching Apples

As I was sitting there very still and quite waiting for the third ewe to come through the gate, I spotted something I had not seen in well over 12 years at least. A Red Squirrel!!! I was so excited there was no way I could contain myself so had to tweet my excitement.

“Red Squirrel!!!! Red Squirrel!!!!! Just spotted my first red squirrel in 12+ years!!!!!!! Happy happy!!!

I have been having my own little war on the invasive American grey squirrel trying to get the beautiful Red back. So I’m Thrilled beyond measure at seeing it’s red flash across a bit of orchard, sadly too great a distance for my meager iPhone to take a photo for evidence.

It just goes to show that ewe and her inability to pass through the gate following the other three and my waiting for her to move meant I was still, silent and sitting in the perfect place to spot the “hopeful” return of the red squirrel to our farm.

I gather up the three who are happily munching in the orchard get them back into the paddock with the nervous ewe, so she can join them, getting flock mentality to work.

Ewes Coming Into Paddock to Help Nervous Ewe Through the Gap

Ewes Returning to Paddock to Help Nervous Ewe Through the Gap

Nervous Ewe Trotting Rapidly After the Others Into the Orchard

Nervous Ewe on Right Trotting Rapidly After the Others Into the Orchard

It just goes to show if your sitting somewhere doing seemingly nothing, something extraordinary might just happen.

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