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Most pics of robins now include a pair. Perhaps, as it is leap year day, you might think the girl robin is 'popping the question' :-)
Colourful bluetit showing of a spread of grey underwing feathers and powder blue top of tail feathers.
A 'new' pheasant in our menagerie - a male pheasant with heavy white streak each side of the head and very broad neck ring. With 5 females about we will have to keep out of the long grass for fear of treading on a nest.
What are Tits eating up there in the birches? Answer - the unopened catkins. One foot is holding an unopened catkin while the beak tip attacks the hard surface.
The Robins are getting ridiculously tame. This one was singing in a pool of sunlight from a twig a couple of metres away and didn't seem the least bothered by camera noise or the lens waving about. This is a tight crop so you can enjoy the detail.
Feels a bit like peek-a-boo, but is probably just chance. The mouse needs lessons in portraiture - his nose and whiskers were out of frame.
The Robin decides to avoid the relatively gigantic pheasant coming though the fence.
Bluetits apparently had a poor breeding year, but we are delightfully surrounded by these little blue and yellow jewels. The Sparrowhawk is enjoying them as well.
Very few visits from foxes at the moment, but they all seem to include a hungry look.
The Pine trees are now old enough to be producing worthwhile size cones. This one is fully open, but a few seeds haven't been found by the various mouths
In the Winter you can really appreciate the intricacy of the branches of these Silver Birches.
The only fieldmouse (wood mouse) in 2 days at both sites, but a rather fun one at that ...
We have this theory - if you see 2 robins together and they are not fighting then they are 'in love'. Spring must be on the way.
Within 30 minutes our two most common Tits obliged with similar poses, and we couldn't resist montaging them together to make this fun composition.
Wheee ... & we have not a clue what triggered this.
After a flood to almost the log top the previous night, scrapes left by other 'visitors' are still filled with water making this little mouse go paddling for a meal.
One of our hen pheasants, startled by some trivial or major event in the dark, bolts over the log with tail spread.
The afternoon after a deluge our 'blondie' pheasant visits in more clement weather.
The Field Vole is becoming quite a regular visitor, here having 'tea' with a couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice). We have yet to see 2 voles at once.
Just love the horizontal streak shadows of the leading primary feathers across the trailing primaries.
The fieldmice (wood mice) seem to be getting lively again. Must think its spring.
Great tit gives us a look at almost hair like yellow filament feathers under the wing.
Run-off from the adjacent field saturated this site so this blackbird probes the mud for morsels.
A Robin (nearer with red breast hidden) chases off a Great Tit with vivid yellow body normally hidden by the wings.
Overnight storm over, a fieldmouse (wood mouse) comes out in the still black hours to clamber through the fallen twigs to find a sodden grain to eat.
Just as it was getting light, this Robin and Dunock disagree about who owns this patch of land. Doesn't look like there was much left by way of nibbles left to fight over.
This 'new' female pheasant has joined us and seems to be exciting the male lurking in the dark on the right. We have selectively lightened the male somewhat so you can see him - he is well out of the flash range and we almost didn't notice him.
In its immaculate plumage ready for winter, and then attracting a mate.
For once a view of the wings with the head in good focus.
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