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31 Jan 2008

A robin getting down to a serious attack on the peanut grounds.

Ref: D3B_20071230_1340_014 fb1 Robin feeding on Peanut grit.jpg

30 Jan 2008

For 'Ratatouille' fans: a real life 'Remy' who has arrived rather late on the scene (quarter to 4 a.m.) and have to make do with the 'left-overs' - and its new-years morning too.

Ref: D3B_20080101_0343_248 fb1 Brown Rat.jpg

29 Jan 2008

Jackdaw showing off those immaculate glossy feathers.

Ref: D3B_20071228_1217_021 fb1 Jackdaw.JPG

28 Jan 2008

We try to put out food around sunset to give the birds a chance to feed up before night without taking it ALL. While robins always get the first pick, the Corvids soon descend to get the lion's share as this uncropped image (whole camera frame) of this site shows.

Ref: D3B_20071226_1517_022 fb1 2 Jackdaws + Magpie + another (top right) with fresh bait.JPG

27 Jan 2008

A bit near the right edge of the field of view for artistic crop, but this robin, about to land with claws outstretched and legs bent ready to absorb the impact of landing, catches our fancy.

Ref: D3B_20071227_0735_072 fb1 Robin about to land.JPG

26 Jan 2008

Could be chance, but we rather fancy some romance mouse style.

Ref: D3A_20071225_1705_043 fb2 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) head to tail.jpg

25 Jan 2008

Another entry for twee mouse of the year.

Ref: D3A_20071225_1714_045 fb2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

24 Jan 2008

The recent peaceful coexistence seems to have been ruffled.

Ref: D3B_20071226_0744_205 fb1 Robin and Dunnock squabbling.jpg

23 Jan 2008

Whiskers gleaming, a fieldmouse (wood mouse) bounds across the site.

Ref: D3B_20071220_1834_060 fb1 Leaping Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

22 Jan 2008

We seem to be inundated with Robins this year - everywhere we go there will be a robin waiting hopefully on a branch. Here one is taking off directly towards the camera - for once not an out of focus blur.

Ref: D3B_20071221_0839_121 fb1 Robin taking off towards camera.jpg

21 Jan 2008

One of our male pheasants demonstrating that even the most beautiful of creatures can have bad table manners.

Ref: D3A_20071218_1523_003 fb2 Pheasant eating peanut grit.jpg

20 Jan 2008

The first showing this season of a Song Thrush. The stone lower left was put there in the hope he will use it as an 'anvil' for the traditional opening of snails.

Ref: D3A_20071220_0731_046 fb2 Song Thrush.jpg

19 Jan 2008

Another chilly 2 a.m.! We must have put out the food too late for the birds to get all the nuts!

Ref: D3B_20071217_0203_055 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in Frost.jpg

18 Jan 2008

'Our' (or perhaps more correctly the male's) 2 female pheasants. We have seen a male and female together in a very poor IR image. We also know there are two healthy males which we saw wandering together over the frozen pond.

Ref: D3B_20071218_1621_218 fb1 2 Female Pheasants.jpg

17 Jan 2008

Squirrel (Rats with Good PR) making off with a mouthful of cherry waste from jam making hidden behind the log.

Ref: D3A_20071214_1513_082 fb2 Squirrel with mouthful of Cherries.jpg

16 Jan 2008

The fox makes a one-off appearance at the 'woodland' site for the first time in a couple of months.

Ref: D3A_20071214_1832_103 fb2 Fox (Head crop).jpg

15 Jan 2008


Ref: D3B_20071213_0818_055 fb1 Robin in Frost.jpg

14 Jan 2008

Unusual view of a Redwing showing the pattern over the head. Having spent several hours watching them, we are surprised that they frequently feed on the ground.

Ref: D3B_20071214_0837_142 fb1 Redwing head-on view showing head pattern.jpg

13 Jan 2008

Lurking in a sunny spot on the south wall of the house and out of the bitter wind, a Marsh Tit casts it's shadow on the wall.

Ref: D01_20071210_1409_115 Marsh Tit standing on Russian Vine with Ivy leaves.jpg

12 Jan 2008

Surprised there were any peanuts left at 1 in the morning!

Ref: D3A_20071209_0101_022 fb2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping with peanut in mouth.jpg

11 Jan 2008

Too big for the field of view of this camera, this magpie nevertheless makes a startling sight.

Ref: D3B_20071209_0856_052 fb1 Magpie.jpg

10 Jan 2008

Bluetits look almost luminous when photographed by flash. Colour not fudged - honestly!

Ref: D3B_20071209_1624_071 fb1 Bluetit clambering up log with wings spread.jpg

09 Jan 2008

The wing tip of an unidentified bird at the top right (out of this crop) is the reason for this robin's aggressive position.

Ref: D3B_20071210_1222_184 fb1 Robin in aggressive position (another bird out of frame upper right).jpg

08 Jan 2008

Now we can see why the male Muntjac deer (image of 5 Jan 2008) has unmatched antlers - his left side is a single long point while the right has two points.

Ref: D01_20071209_1132_010 Muntjac Deer Male showing asymmetric antlers.jpg

07 Jan 2008

While trying to photograph Fieldfares flying out of a hedge top this Blackbird carrying a Sloe in its beak came out instead.

Ref: D01_20071210_1346_043 Blackbird in Flight with Blackthorn Berry in beak (web crop).jpg

06 Jan 2008

Fieldmice (Wood Mice) in a leaping competition. A recent Woodland Trust competition for children named our mouse pairs 'Roy & Marie' after us. How we wish we were that athletic!

Ref: D3B_20071207_1908_044 fb1 2 leaping Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg

05 Jan 2008

At last a decent pic of 'our' Muntjac male. Judging by the unequal antlers and torn ears he is the same individual we have seen a few times in surveillance pictures. We were on opposite sides of a low hedge which seemed to give him some courage to stay, but not for long.

Ref: D01_20071207_1444_018 Muntjac Deer Male with asymmetric antlers & torn ears viewed over hedge.jpg

04 Jan 2008

A couple of fieldmice (wood mice) having a squabble from either side of the log. Rory at the Woodland Trust suggests the title "The Two Mousekateers".

Ref: D3B_20071205_1903_099 fb1 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) Squabbling.jpg

03 Jan 2008

An imperfect montage of 2 images showing a full (double) rainbow over our plot. With the sun nearing the horizon you get almost the full semicircle.

Ref: P34_20071203_1458_915&917 Full Rainbow Montage.jpg

02 Jan 2008

We put out a few whole peanuts this time of year (usually the dregs of the nut feeders). The bigger birds make the most of this and stuff loads of nuts into their beaks. This magpie is picking up at least it's third - it probably collected another half dozen before flying off.

Ref: D3A_20071201_1436_078 fb2 Magpie collecting beakful of peanuts.jpg

01 Jan 2008

Don't see many rooks at the photo sites, so have to include one that takes it's photo.

Ref: D3B_20071201_1640_090 fb1 Rook.jpg



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