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Don't often see Kestrels here because the resident corvids drive them off. So we are surprised, pleased & sad to see that, at sunset, this male had just caught one of the fieldmice (wood mice).
Nice portrait of a blackbird male.
A couple of birds arguing over who get the grub.
This ladybird was hiding in the creases in the bark of a diseased elm.
The blackbirds are also breeding (seen collecting nesting material) but we don't know where. This is the male - the females are brown (typical naming!)
A pair of collared doves are nesting in a evergreen whose trunk is hidden in the darkness behind the bird. Not a good angle to see the 'collar' - we hope for better.
A great tit is just out of the original frame at the top right and this yellowhammer is defending its patch.
To our anthropomorphic eyes these two are kissing. The one on the right even has (her?) eyes closed! We notice this was taken the evening of Valentines day.
What are these two magpies up to - the posture of the one behind suggests that this is a pair. There is certainly a nest being 'refurbished' in an old tree in front of the house.
The Great tits are now regularly visitors.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) jumping down from the log
Only about 4 Hours after yesterdays portrait the snow thaw has turned into a minor flood as the ground beneath is still frozen and the water can only run over the surface. Unfortunately we didn't realise in the summer that this site is in the preferred run-off.
The snow is melting in this robin portrait.
A moderate snowfall when seen at the scale of even a big bird. There is food under and on the snow, and this jackdaw wants his share.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) looking very twee in the flashlit dusk.
Robin admiring the light of sunset on the hedge?
The hazel trees are waking up. The yellow tassels generate the pollen and the tiny red flowers are the females that develop the nuts.
Our Pheasant managed to get himself bang in focus for this portrait.
Its the time of year of everything to pair up, including these magpies,
Another pic of our handsome pheasant.
Aha! 2 robins not locked in mortal combat - they must be courting.
This striking robin is calling to or at a bird flying away to the top left (it is partly in the original frame but is too poor to include).
Jackdaws no longer have our chimneys to nest in, and are finding old magpie nests and other sites for this year. Here are two (maybe a pair) in early afternoon.
Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) heaven?
Dynamic shot of a great tit.
Probable 'Hubby' for yesterdays female pheasant.
A real surprise - on only a moderately frosty (-1C) & dry night this female has managed to get a thick crust of frost on her tail. We have seen the male sheltering under trees and bushes and suspect she did likewise but left her tail outside and dew formed or fell onto it.
Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping over a fallen branch
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