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First sighting of the female Muntjac deer for 3 weeks.
During the first substantial overnight rain for weeks this soggy robin is taking off in the first glimmer of dawn.
Most of the Beech trees are still hanging onto their autumn leaves, and this pair of ladybirds are using them for cover.
A Robin guarding his territory until something bigger arrives.
Fox (photographed several times) enjoying fruit peel.
Robin practicing looking immaculate. Once the nesting starts this won't be seen again until the moult. This Spring everything is much later than we have become used to in recent years.
Magpie grabbing a beakful off the buffet
An interesting detail is that the vibrant moorhen beak colour is surface only - here you can see that the inside is white.
A mouse-eye-view of a Snowdrop. For some reason Snowdrops do not seem to be eaten by rabbits while they routinely destroy primroses.
Robin investigating a hole in the log.
Another mouthful of peel gets removed to be devoured.
The pair of moorhen on the main pond are mating and endlessly prospecting nest sites. You can guess the one 'behind' is the male.
Mallard ducks are paired up for the Spring. This pair are sunning themselves on the island of the main pond on top of a pile of removed reed & lily stems.
These Pussy willows are 5m up a exuberant willow taken as the cutting of an unknown root-stock 10yrs ago when an ornamental graft died.
We haven't had a good view of a Sparrowhawk for some months (just flashes of feather and tits disappearing) and then this male spent several minutes on the top of the hedge outside the kitchen window. Not another bird in sight!
The male pheasant again stayed at this site for an hour taking his picture. Here is one of the better portraits. No sighting of the females at all.
Some surplus red plums frozen last year disappear quickly. This carrion crow is about to fly off with one.
The Muntjac male wandered through the back garden.
A pair of Buzzard soared over the plot in the Spring sunshine. They never got close enough while overhead to capture both in one frame, so here is one of them.
Snowdrops are now in (relative) abundance. Here we are looking up at the morning dew dripping off a small clump.
This robin is probably about to land on the stone The wing position indicates that it is aerobraking - reducing forward speed prior to landing.
The 'popularity' of this site increases. Here two fieldmice (wood mice) are seen at once.
Blackbird eyeing over the loose soil before digging in.
A robin in good fettle.
This gorgeous male pheasant stays at this site for an hour taking his picture (mostly just tail or foot) 12 times. So much for them being frightened by the flash!
Don't often see a Song Thrush. Longing to photograph one banging a snail against the stone at the other site.
Another sign of spring is this pairing of the male catkin and tiny red female flower of the Hazel tree (where the Christmas nuts come from).
Even if it is freezing spring is on its way at last. Here a Pussy Willow is drenched in dew.
A Magpie looking even more irritable than they usually are. Our house is peeping through the dead but unfallen beech leaves.
Over a month since we have 'seen' a Muntjac female. Looks in fine fettle but not obviously pregnant.
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