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Fieldmice (Wood Mice) keep themselves in immaculate condition - here we think they are mutual grooming - having the bits done they can't reach themselves. Makes us want a backscratch.
Looks like these robins have a family to feed. A small caterpillar we guess is destined for a small beak. This was one of a number of visits.
A great tit taking off from the relocated photo site.
While photographing the swallows this green woodpecker stomped by in his quest for earthworms in the moist soil.
Swallows collect water by touching the surface of pond in flight. A thrill to see but so hard to photograph!
This night camera kit has been relocated to a corner of the field near a hole in the netting. No rabbits - yet! But on the first night of use this Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) was peeked carrying off a whole peanut kernel.
Yesterday's bee after it landed.
This Blackthorn tree was 'humming' with dozens of Honey bees - such a relief after having very few bees last year. This bee was caught in flight - the wings are moving so fast they have blurred into nothing.
First time we have observed a two spot ladybird with 'inverted' colours.
These Ladybirds are definitely in the mood for love on the first really warm day.
For us Spring 'sprung' on 14 April 2006 - warm and sunny, blossom and insects everywhere. Lets start with this peacock butterfly sunning itself on a daffodil.
Our ever present robin with a backdrop of the glow of Sunset lighting the beech tree leaves still on the tree from last year.
Two for the price of one in the early morning waiting for breakfast to arrive.
Unusually clear portrait of a moorhen showing the Black/Brown feather differentiation and sparkles of water on the back.
The Muntjac doe in one of her occasional visits.
One of the more sleek fieldmice (wood mice) on the log.
Those great green hedges do actually have flowers for wind pollination. Here are some fresh (red) and withered (brown) examples.
Green woodpeckers spend most of their time probing the ground for invertebrates. Here you can see the beak coated in mud.
A sudden glut of fieldmice (wood mice) photos of which this is one.
There appears to be just one pair of Mallard ducks on the plot. The female is forever feeding and is absent first thing in the morning, so we assume she is making and laying eggs in a nest nearby. Here she is sparkling in the late afternoon sun.
The Sparrowhawk nicely shows off his talons, which he uses to kill his prey. The beak is the knife and fork.
Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling at a peanut, possibly saving a blackberry (thawed from the freezer) for 'sweet'.
Robin on his lookout-post log.
In the last few days the Sparrowhawk male has spent hours on the North side of the House on the hedge top, no doubt awaiting incautious Tits at the feeders. We hope his extra efforts are to feed a female on a nest nearby. Here he seems to be yawning in the early evening.
A dangerous unused 4-pot chimney stack the Jackdaws used to nest in was removed during re-roofing. Cramming themselves into the space above some (unsuccessful) House Martin nests seems to be the solution for this pair. Talk about crowded!
This unusually light colour fieldmouse (wood mouse) is looking in a hole in the log we fill with mixed corn - one granule a feast!
Not many Chaffinches visit the photo-sites so this rather nice portrait is rather welcome.
What these 2 rabbits are doing nose to nose is anybody's guess. Our is that they started at different end of the same piece of apple peel.
3 weeks since we have seen some fieldmice (wood mice) pass by, and we get two.
Feel a bit 'Fooled-ya' when the frogs showed up weeks later than normal complete with 30 clumps of Spawn. Rather relieved.
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