Lamb Surveillance: the Video Game

As the number of lambs increases, it gets trickier to find a track around the flock where I can see everyone, but not disturb any.  Here's what my track looked like yesterday.

The nursery flock--three of five.  The other two are on the hill to the right of these.  While the ewes tend to go off by themselves or with one or two friends to lamb, within 24 hours or so, they'll join the "nursery flock"--all mamas and babies (and best friends) for a few days, until the babies are strong enough to keep up with flock movements.

The nursery flock--three of five.  The other two are on the hill to the right of these.  While the ewes tend to go off by themselves or with one or two friends to lamb, within 24 hours or so, they'll join the "nursery flock"--all mamas and babies (and best friends) for a few days, until the babies are strong enough to keep up with flock movements.

The main flock on the hill.  Because they were spread out so far across the hill, I couldn't sneak around on the left, as I often do.

The main flock on the hill.  Because they were spread out so far across the hill, I couldn't sneak around on the left, as I often do.

Ewe with new lamb on the flat.  She was NOT happy with me watching.

Ewe with new lamb on the flat.  She was NOT happy with me watching.

Just born, on the rocky traverse that I often use to sneak around behind the flock.  Oops!  back up fast!

Just born, on the rocky traverse that I often use to sneak around behind the flock.  Oops!  back up fast!

Fence line comparison--my paddock on the left.  It's been very dry, and the effects of overgrazing are apparent all across the countryside.  A good argument for keeping the numbers down! 

Fence line comparison--my paddock on the left.  It's been very dry, and the effects of overgrazing are apparent all across the countryside.  A good argument for keeping the numbers down! 

A pair of juvenile flame robins near the main yards on my way home.

A pair of juvenile flame robins near the main yards on my way home.