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A robin getting down to a serious attack on the peanut grounds.
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.
Jackdaw showing off those immaculate glossy feathers.
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.
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.
Could be chance, but we rather fancy some romance mouse style.
Another entry for twee mouse of the year.
The recent peaceful coexistence seems to have been ruffled.
Whiskers gleaming, a fieldmouse (wood mouse) bounds across the site.
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.
One of our male pheasants demonstrating that even the most beautiful of creatures can have bad table manners.
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.
Another chilly 2 a.m.! We must have put out the food too late for the birds to get all the nuts!
'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.
Squirrel (Rats with Good PR) making off with a mouthful of cherry waste from jam making hidden behind the log.
The fox makes a one-off appearance at the 'woodland' site for the first time in a couple of months.
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.
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.
Surprised there were any peanuts left at 1 in the morning!
Too big for the field of view of this camera, this magpie nevertheless makes a startling sight.
Bluetits look almost luminous when photographed by flash. Colour not fudged - honestly!
The wing tip of an unidentified bird at the top right (out of this crop) is the reason for this robin's aggressive position.
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.
While trying to photograph Fieldfares flying out of a hedge top this Blackbird carrying a Sloe in its beak came out instead.
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!
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.
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".
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.
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.
Don't see many rooks at the photo sites, so have to include one that takes it's photo.
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