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31 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: D3A_20090114_1300_100 fb2 Chaffinch male wing assisted step onto stone.jpg

30 Jan 2009

Another disgusting apple is welcomed with open beak by this rook.

Ref: D3A_20090111_1544_053 fb2 Rook pecking at rotten apple.jpg

29 Jan 2009

Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) quietly nibbling in the night. The orange fragments are lentils.

Ref: D3B_20090111_2125_156 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).jpg

28 Jan 2009

Our first reaction was 'ouch'. Coming back to it to add to this selection it remains 'ouch'.

Ref: D3B_20090112_1627_240 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and apple.jpg

27 Jan 2009

The surface of frozen ponds have attracted a pair of Foxes, pheasants, and many small birds including this robin.

Ref: DC1_20090106_1250_081 Robin on Ice.jpg

26 Jan 2009

A young mouse clambers up the end of the log.

Ref: D3A_20090105_2054_036 fb2 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) climbing up end of log.jpg

25 Jan 2009

This male chaffinch shows no blue sheen on the beak yet, so has not yet reached full breeding condition.

Ref: D3A_20090104_1526_069 fb2 Chaffinch male.jpg

24 Jan 2009

A single grain of corn is a feast for a fieldmouse (wood mouse).

Ref: D3B_20090103_1734_065 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling corn grain.jpg

23 Jan 2009

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!

Ref: D3A_20090109_1115_043 fb2 2 Moorhen.jpg

22 Jan 2009

A really cold period has limited the outings of most creatures to only what is necessary for survival.

Ref: D3B_20090105_0200_171 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) after light snow.jpg

21 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: D3A_20090101_1157_011 fb2 Jay.jpg

20 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: D3A_20090101_1620_072 fb2 Blackbird female.jpg

19 Jan 2009

A Squirrel still about practicing it's innocent 'what me?' look as it chews everything it can reach.

Ref: D3A_20090102_1434_102 fb2 Squirrel.jpg

18 Jan 2009

Not sure how to interpret this one, so write your own caption!

Ref: D3B_20090101_2324_145 fb1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg

17 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: DC1_20090102_1007_022 Muntjac deer female bounding along bridleway fence.jpg

16 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: DC1_20090102_1249_081 Fieldfare in Windfall apples.jpg

15 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: DC1_20081228_1034_041 Robin in Blackberry thicket.jpg

14 Jan 2009

Once again a rook is caught in the act of re-arranging the site.
This is the previous occasion from April 2008:-

Followed by the one taken on Boxing day 2008 and show an amazingly similar stance and technique.

Ref: D3A_20081226_1618_018 fb2 Rook lifting log.jpg

13 Jan 2009

A really sweet pair of fieldmice (wood mice).

Ref: D3B_20081226_1718_030 fb1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) eating side by side.jpg

12 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: DC1_20081221_1053_029 Buzzard in flight (web crop).jpg

11 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: P34_20081217_1416_178 Sundog to East (web crop).jpg

10 Jan 2009

A magpie nearly filling the width of the frame showing off it's iridescence.

Ref: D3B_20081223_1542_117 fb1 Magpie.jpg

09 Jan 2009

A surprisingly frequent juxtaposition of two mice - one on the ground eating while another on the log looks down at it.

Ref: D3B_20081226_1743_038 fb1 2 fieldmice (wood mice) (crop 1).jpg

08 Jan 2009

There are now a pair of blackbirds at both photo sites although it is the males that currently appear regularly.

Ref: D3A_20081219_0738_016 fb2 Blackbird male.jpg

07 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: D3B_20081219_2111_129 fb1 Fox (crop 2).jpg

06 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: DC1_20081220_1108_012 Bullfinch in Blackberry & Elderberry hedge.jpg

05 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: DC1_20081220_1311_242 Squirrel eating Hawthorn berry.jpg

04 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: D3B_20081215_1721_154 fb1 2 fieldmice (wood mice) + ear of another.jpg

03 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: D3A_20081213_1244_067 fb2 Squirrel (head crop).jpg

02 Jan 2009

Fleeing, playing or whatever we have no idea, but they do it with huge energy.

Ref: D3B_20081218_2010_050 fb1 2 fieldmice (wood mice) leaping off log.jpg

01 Jan 2009

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.

Ref: D3A_20081212_1039_004 fb2 Robin flying from site with corn grain.jpg



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