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The grey squirrel has put in an appearance months before it's usual nut-season visit and made many visits to this camera site as well as the bird nut feeders by the house. 'Rats with good PR' is one description of these tree damaging rodents, but you have to admire them.
This yellowhammer is turning in flight right on the edge of the frame.
A bit of damp weather has brought all the slimy inhabitants out.
Looks like a little territorial disagreement in progress.
These cherries weigh about 8gm and the mouse looks mid size of range 13 to 27gm so it is probably carrying 40% of its own weight in its mouth.
This is the 3 surviving chicks in the evening sunshine near the edge of the pond.
The adult moorhen has found something (possibly a small snail) and is offering it to the chick who wouldn't take it - they only want squishy stuff at this age.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) elegantly bounding down the log.
This Yellowhammer is shaking off water in heavy rain. We are used to seeing this in dogs and larger animals, but in birds it is usually so quick you don't see a thing.
After the first decent rain for a month out come the slugs & snails to join the fieldmice (wood mice).
These delightful little creatures sometimes behave as if they are completely mad (genuine single frame).
Its the time of territorial disputes and these face-to-face fights are typical. Note the vicious claws of the robin on the right going for the chaffinch.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) tucking into one of last years frozen cherries we stored for the animals.
A robin paused on the log while collecting food for his young. Note the insect or worm in the beak.
This fox visited one site twice in an evening & looks in good condition. Neither images gives a clue as to sex but it is in much better condition than a mangy creature we have glimpsed a few times.
The robins are all looking a little the worse for wear as the breeding season progresses.
Dandelions are making their 'clocks' so beloved of children of all ages.
We don't often feature rabbits so here is a montage of an adult and a youngster.
Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) tucking into some fruit or other. Note the snail behind.
Portrait of a male chaffinch
Only the second time we have seen a field vole (last in 2005 running about on the patio). Slightly larger than the fieldmouse (wood mouse) on the left.
Are imagining that the fieldmouse (wood mouse) on the left has a lecherous gleam in his eye?
In the evening sun a Kestrel swooped and hovered over our patch for a few minutes, the sun for once lighting the underside. Here is one while it was hovering - we didn't see it catch anything.
There seem to be 3 drakes and 2 ducks lurking round the site. Here a pair drowse in unusually warm early April sunshine.
The plant 'Self-Heal' has gone rampant this year. The Peacock Butterfly (which will have hibernated away the winter) has a welcome feed.
Wrens usually offer only a fleeting glimpse, but we spotted this bird furiously taking nesting material to about .5m up a reed mace clump. This is a composite of two images (bird at the left a second or two before the right).
When the fieldmice (wood mice) are not leaping about they practice looking sweet.
A number of blackbird pairs are nesting somewhere around us. Here a male is collecting 'squishy' morsels.
A collared dove showing off his/her wings.
All the colours and detail of a chaffinches back and wings.
This years daisies pushing aside the fall of last years old oak leaves.
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