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29 Feb 2008

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' :-)

Ref: D3A_20080202_0710_056 fb2 Pair of Robins.JPG

28 Feb 2008

Colourful bluetit showing of a spread of grey underwing feathers and powder blue top of tail feathers.

Ref: D3B_20080129_1539_029 fb2 Bluetit with wing spread.jpg

27 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3A_20080129_1543_023 fb2 Pheasant male with white head streaks.jpg

26 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D01_20080130_1007_036 Bluetit eating Silver Birch Unopened Catkin (web crop).jpg

25 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D01_20080130_1231_066 Robin singing on twig (web crop).jpg

24 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3B_20080125_2140_072 fb1 Field Vole and fleeing fieldmouse (wood mouse).JPG

23 Feb 2008

The Robin decides to avoid the relatively gigantic pheasant coming though the fence.

Ref: D3B_20080126_1605_109 fb1 Pheasant male frightening off Robin.JPG

22 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3B_20080123_1403_004 fb1 Bluetit.jpg

21 Feb 2008

Very few visits from foxes at the moment, but they all seem to include a hungry look.

Ref: D3A_20080119_2247_024 fb2 Fox (web crop).JPG

20 Feb 2008

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

Ref: P34_20080120_1221_400 Bristlecone Pine fully open Female Cone.JPG

19 Feb 2008

In the Winter you can really appreciate the intricacy of the branches of these Silver Birches.

Ref: P34_20080121_1446_461 Silver Birch Copse looking N.JPG

18 Feb 2008

The only fieldmouse (wood mouse) in 2 days at both sites, but a rather fun one at that ...

Ref: D3A_20080118_1557_030 fb2 Leaping Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

17 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3B_20080117_1525_003 fb1 2 Robins.jpg

16 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3B_20080118_1532_097_&_1505_087 fb1 Bluetit and Great Tit both in flurry of wings (Montage).jpg

15 Feb 2008

Wheee ... & we have not a clue what triggered this.

Ref: D3B_20080115_1806_064 fb1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) tumbling.jpg

14 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3B_20080116_2040_164 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on hind legs over puddle.jpg

13 Feb 2008

One of our hen pheasants, startled by some trivial or major event in the dark, bolts over the log with tail spread.

Ref: D3A_20080113_0600_050 fb2 Startled Pheasant female running with tail spread.jpg

12 Feb 2008

The afternoon after a deluge our 'blondie' pheasant visits in more clement weather.

Ref: D3B_20080112_1503_132 fb1 Pheasant female.jpg

11 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3B_20080112_1648_163 fb1 Field Vole & 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg

10 Feb 2008

Just love the horizontal streak shadows of the leading primary feathers across the trailing primaries.

Ref: D3A_20080110_0144_019 fb2 Robin with wings vertical & shadow of primaries.jpg

09 Feb 2008

The fieldmice (wood mice) seem to be getting lively again. Must think its spring.

Ref: D3B_20080110_2211_192 fb1 2 fieldmice (wood mice) leaping + 1 obscured.jpg

08 Feb 2008

Great tit gives us a look at almost hair like yellow filament feathers under the wing.

Ref: D3B_20080110_1539_139 fb1 Great Tit showing fibrous underwing feathers.jpg

07 Feb 2008

Run-off from the adjacent field saturated this site so this blackbird probes the mud for morsels.

Ref: D3B_20080106_0740_078 fb1 Blackbird probing mud (web crop).JPG

06 Feb 2008

A Robin (nearer with red breast hidden) chases off a Great Tit with vivid yellow body normally hidden by the wings.

Ref: D3B_20080106_1542_105 fb1 Robin chasing off Great Tit with grain in beak.JPG

05 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3B_20080107_0554_198 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) eating corn grain.JPG

04 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3B_20080103_0750_328 fb1 Robin threatening Dunnock above.JPG

03 Feb 2008

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.

Ref: D3A_20080101_1526_009 fb2 Female Pheasant with male (selectively processed) lurking behind.JPG

02 Feb 2008

In its immaculate plumage ready for winter, and then attracting a mate.

Ref: D3B_20080102_1555_134 fb1 Magpie.JPG

01 Feb 2008

For once a view of the wings with the head in good focus.

Ref: D3B_20080103_0737_321 fb1 Blackbird Female with wings vertical.JPG



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