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Its a big step for a little bird, so the characteristic little flap of wings as a bird jumps up a step gets caught on camera.
Another disgusting apple is welcomed with open beak by this rook.
Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) quietly nibbling in the night. The orange fragments are lentils.
Our first reaction was 'ouch'. Coming back to it to add to this selection it remains 'ouch'.
The surface of frozen ponds have attracted a pair of Foxes, pheasants, and many small birds including this robin.
A young mouse clambers up the end of the log.
This male chaffinch shows no blue sheen on the beak yet, so has not yet reached full breeding condition.
A single grain of corn is a feast for a fieldmouse (wood mouse).
Suddenly lots of moorhen about on the frozen ponds and repeatedly at site 2 (but not site 1). Also seen up various trees - 'the old moorhen up a tree ploy' as our expert at Swansea University nicely worded it some years back when describing them nesting in trees. We wait and see!
A really cold period has limited the outings of most creatures to only what is necessary for survival.
On dingy new-years day we left the cameras on all day and were rewarded with an assortment of jays of which this is one.
Still mainly the male blackbirds at the photo sites though we see a reasonable mix when out and about, so this shot of one of the 'girls' gets her outing.
A Squirrel still about practicing it's innocent 'what me?' look as it chews everything it can reach.
Not sure how to interpret this one, so write your own caption!
Some unexpected morning sunshine tempted us out, and this female muntjac took one look at us from 100m or so away and off she went. Unusual to see all 4 tiny hooves at once.
Apart from flying overhead or in distant trees we typically see fieldfares in flocks of 30 to 100 tucking into the windfall apples that we now deliberately leave for the wildlife. A few apples moved to a more photographable spot tempted this bird.
On a freezing winter day this robin watched us hopefully in the sunshine sheltered from the wind by a blackberry thicket. More sense than us then, trudging around in the biting wind.
Once again a rook is caught in the act of re-arranging the site.
This is the previous occasion from April 2008:-
A really sweet pair of fieldmice (wood mice).
For just a few minutes the sun broke through the clouds luring us outside. We were lucky that our 'noisy' buzzard chose this moment to make a lazy flyby against the clouds and a patch of blue. The lack a thermals provides a more active view than the usual hanging in the updraft.
We have a bit of a 'thing' about 'sundogs' but this one was particularly intense and only lasted a minute or two as a streak in a largely grey sky.
A magpie nearly filling the width of the frame showing off it's iridescence.
A surprisingly frequent juxtaposition of two mice - one on the ground eating while another on the log looks down at it.
There are now a pair of blackbirds at both photo sites although it is the males that currently appear regularly.
After a long break a fox put in an appearance at one of the good quality cameras, but the head was partly out of frame at the left, hence this 'creative' interpretation of the nose-to-ground investigation of the world in a way humans can't even imagine.
Bullfinch in the hedge along the Bridleway to the North of our patch. The shrivelled remains of the blackberries are still an attraction, and the leaves seem to have survived the recent frosts.
A squirrel paid a visit to the hawthorn trees (decades overgrown hedge) near the house and spent 10 minutes after we noticed gorging itself on berries. In shade & diagonally through a double glazed window limits the quality, but it was interesting to see. Notice the Lichen on these old twigs.
A group of 3 fieldmice (wood mice) are often seen together at this site. This looks like a picture of a pair until you spot the ear just showing over the top of the log.
Contrary to popular belief, squirrels don't hibernate but build a better insulated dray and limit their outings to short forays on warmer days. This one was picking over the offerings at about mid-day.
Fleeing, playing or whatever we have no idea, but they do it with huge energy.
Robins appear wherever we go. We like the Joie-de-vie with which this one is carrying off a single corn grain - something to emulate for the new year.
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