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30 Jun 2007

As we brushed by a hedge this drenched robin fledgling hopped out and crouched not knowing what to do next. We moved away and a parent came down to guide it to safety.

Ref: P34_20070615_1806_343 Robin Fledgling startled from drenched hedge.jpg

29 Jun 2007

Wet night brings out the slugs and mice.

Ref: D36_20070614_0006_050 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and slug with corn grains.jpg

28 Jun 2007

Spuds peelings and spoilage seem to be appreciated by the crows.

Ref: D36_20070613_1929_025 fb1 Carrion Crow with potato in beak.jpg

27 Jun 2007

The Robin on the left appears to be begging for the morsel in the right robin's beak. These are both adults so this is probably 'courtship feeding'.

Ref: D35_20070614_1646_047 fb2 Robin begging for food in beak of another (Courtship feeding (Q)) (web crop).jpg

26 Jun 2007

You can see the nibble marks where this fieldmouse (wood mouse) eats the flesh off this piece of apple peel.

Ref: D36_20070610_2112_088 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating apple peel.jpg

25 Jun 2007

A sort of Hare and the Tortoise?

Ref: D36_20070607_0145_110 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) & snail.jpg

24 Jun 2007

These 2 magpies look like they really aren't keen on each other. Its amazing that you see so few injured birds when you see the fights.

Ref: D36_20070607_1948_021 fb1 2 Magpies open beak threatening each other (web crop).jpg

23 Jun 2007

These fieldmice (wood mice) seem to be chasing one another through a sea of slugs and beans.

Ref: D36_20070605_0246_050 fb1 2 fieldmice (wood mice) in some sort of chase (Q).jpg

22 Jun 2007

A growing young moorhen (one of 3) caught in the middle of a preen.

Ref: D60_20070605_1323_006 Young moorhen.jpg

21 Jun 2007

2 young woodpeckers are currently begging for food at various places. Here Dad provides some peanuts crumbs he has just hacked out of a feeder on the other side of the house (rather than the one a foot above this photo).

Ref: D60_20070605_1500_009 Great Spotted Woodpecker Male feeding youngster above with peanuts.jpg

20 Jun 2007

The baked beans have also attracted back a field vole to join the slugs in a feast.

Ref: D36_20070605_0135_038 fb1 Field Vole.jpg

19 Jun 2007

Tesco baked beans seem to be a huge hit. Here a young fieldmouse (wood mouse) and (probably) it's mother sample the delights.

Ref: D36_20070605_0256_054 fb1 Young Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) & adult eating baked beans.jpg

18 Jun 2007

One of the 3 healthy moorhen chicks stomping through the buttercups.

Ref: D60_20070602_1746_054 Moorhen youngster in buttercups.jpg

17 Jun 2007

One of the Great Spotted Woodpecker youngsters waiting impatiently for a feed.

Ref: D60_20070604_1331_064 Great spotted woodpecker youngster.jpg

16 Jun 2007

Can I swim? Of course fieldmice (wood mice) can swim but dry is better. A storm on 3 June delivered 31mm of rain, most of it in the 2 hours before this photo. Water is streaming through the site. The vignetting blur is a fun side effect of a drenched camera window.

Ref: D36_20070603_2121_018 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on log surrounded by storm water (crop).jpg

15 Jun 2007

Pollen drifting in the breeze (with a little help from us) from the male flower of a pine tree.

Ref: P34_20070524_1535_474 Pollen drifting from Pine flowers (web crop).jpg

14 Jun 2007

From the perspective given by the shadow it looks like the mouse in the air is leaping onto the one underneath.

Ref: D35_20070530_2137_019 fb2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping onto another (Q).jpg

13 Jun 2007

Robins are still collecting food for their youngsters.

Ref: D3C_20070528_1708_028 fb1 Robin with food in beak.jpg

12 Jun 2007

This looks like an adult fieldmouse (wood mouse) and a recent sprog. Note the different fur colours.

Ref: D3C_20070529_2156_211 fb1 adult and young fieldmice (wood mice).jpg

11 Jun 2007

Here is a nicely posed Yellowhammer showing how the upper and lower mandibles (top and bottom parts of the beak) differ in shape, presumably giving them some advantage tackling their diet of seeds and grain.

Ref: D3C_20070524_2030_034 fb1 Yellowhammer showing beak detail.jpg

10 Jun 2007

There are a number of damselfly species (smallest members of the Dragonfly family) around. Expert opinion suggests this is an Azure Damselfly Female of the green persuasion, rather than our identification in the filename with (Q) to indicate '?' - unsure.

Ref: D10_20070524_1636_019 Common Blue damselfly Female Brown form (Q) (web crop).jpg

09 Jun 2007

If we didn't know better we would think the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on the right was telling a joke.

Ref: D3C_20070522_2144_051 fb1 2 fieldmice (wood mice).jpg

08 Jun 2007

This disagreeable looking bird is a Robin fledgling - just a few days out of the nest. The red breast is an adult characteristic.

Ref: D3C_20070523_0444_084 fb1 Roblin Fledging.jpg

07 Jun 2007

Over the last 15 years Buzzards have moved from a few sighting a year to a few a week. This one glided over the house on a warm afternoon.

Ref: D10_20070524_1621_013 Buzzard.jpg

06 Jun 2007

We have been visited by swifts more than in previous years. On one of the few bright days we managed to photograph this one with its beak open collecting insects.

Ref: D10_20070518_1753_014 Swift with open beak (web crop).jpg

05 Jun 2007

Normally we have only occasionally seen Cockchafer beetles whizz by, but this one was playing dead (and wasn't!) in a shed so we took some pictures before putting it somewhere safe. Its BIG - the body is 3cm long.

Ref: D10_20070522_1439_077 Cockchafer Beetle.jpg

04 Jun 2007

The territorial disputes continue - this time a Yellowhammer we are sure is breeding nearby attacks a chaffinch which is probably the one who regularly sings in a hedge top a few metres away.

Ref: D3C_20070521_1916_076 fb1 Yellowhammer in flight attacking chaffinch.jpg

03 Jun 2007

A Blackbird male looking unusually spruce for the breeding season.

Ref: D35_20070520_0639_065 fb2 Blackbird Male.jpg

02 Jun 2007

A yellowhammer looking a bit scruffy - we often see a pair in this corner of the site so they a presumably breeding nearby.

Ref: D3E_20070518_1855_019 fb1 Yellowhammer.jpg

01 Jun 2007

We have no idea what our mad fieldmice (wood mice) are doing here.

Ref: D3E_20070517_0202_091 fb1 2 fieldmice (wood mice).jpg



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