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A sort of mousy balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet?
Oh dear - another anthropomorphic 'kiss'.
Another source of energy for butterflies is damaged fruit berries. Normally spotted on apple windfalls (very few this year) this Comma butterfly is finding the fruit-juice welcome.
17yrs ago we inherited a buddleia that flowers for months after the others finish. Here the original plant (though much propagated) is providing nectar for a Red Admiral Butterfly.
A fieldmouse (wood mouse) inspecting a hip on a 'fallen' rose twig.
Jumping, fighting or loving - who knows. But a colourful group.
Concentrating near the entrance hole to the loft as they congregate in the dawn light gives a chance of some closer images. Note the lovely leather texture on the wing and tail membranes and the ears pointing in different directions as it 'looks about' with sound.
Almost the hare and the tortoise. Many later images (snails don't rush!) show the snail survived the encounter unscathed.
Our acrobat mice continue their ... err ... acrobatics.
We are tempting the fieldmice (wood mice) with various berries, but we have no idea which it is eating here.
A Kestrel Female stayed on our new 'Raptor post' for 10 minutes giving us time to get some portraits. See also 14 Oct 2007 and 9 Sep 2007.
Spiders have pulled this stem of grass into an almost abstract art form.
A Male Chaffinch coming in to land on the log
Traditionally rabbits love carrots, but what's the chance of catching a pair of rabbits each carrying away a piece.
Craneflies are everywhere (including in the house) and this mouse seems to be interested in this one. Whether just curiosity or a potential snack we don't know.
Now we know where the Brown Long-eared Bats are roosting we can time our expeditions into the cold, dark and windy a bit better and get more chances.
To help you get over the last 2 traumatic images, here is a sweetie. These two were in several consecutive shots enjoying each other's company.
We were surprised by one visit by a kestrel (see 28 Feb 2007) and now we have another. This site is more enclosed and the bird seems to be flying from a clearing where we felled a falling tree a few weeks ago & had a load of Blackthorn removed by local RSPB volunteers. We think the claw contains a piece of rabbit rather than a whole rodent.
This little creature landed on Marie while picking blackberries. We now have an experts confirmation that this is a Palomena prasina nymph that will be adult at it's next stage. Thanks to Judith K. for getting the expert assessment for us
The magpie on the left and the female Kestrel surprised us by seemingly ignoring each other. When massed Jackdaws and Rooks (corvids like the Magpie) come across a Kestrel in the air they mob it until it leaves.
Several shots in a row show a battle between a Dunnock and a Robin. Here the dunnock is diving on an apparently nonchalant Robin.
The return of the Long-eared Bats - not identified since the image of 26 Aug 2005. Again a 'morning' bat, but this time seen with Pipistrelles.
We often see mice in positions we can't see they can land properly from, and now we see that sometimes they don't.
We often see birds tossing food picked up by the tip of their beaks into the back, but have never had a photo before.
Particularly immaculate robin.
Full speed across the site. We suspect the camera was triggered by whatever the fox was chasing for supper.
All the peanut grits have gone, and we can't rid ourselves of the feeling that the mouse is wondering whether to eat the piece on the slug.
The relative sizes of these two is startling when you see them together. The mouse seems not the least bothered.
The foxes continue to appear overnight, but have not seen them in the daytime recently.
Looks to us like this sweetie is conducting the orchestra for the Ballet dancing fieldmouse (wood mouse) of 1 Sep 2007.
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