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31 Jan 2011

A really cold air-frost (reaching -8C) and staying iced until past mid-day provides a new perspective on many items in the landscape. First an old oak tree across the field from us.

Ref: DF1_20101207_0917_027 Oak tree to East -8C frost (crop).jpg

In our own patch this blackberry leaf is outlined by frost.

Ref: P34_20101207_0905_745 Blackberry leaves in -8C frost (crop).jpg

30 Jan 2011

The Thrush family, in this case Fieldfares and Blackbirds, are making the most of apples moved to the photo sites. Note the frost on the ground and the birds tail.

Ref: D45_20101206_0731_003_FB1 Fieldfare with frosty tail.jpg

6 minutes of apple demolition!

Ref: D45_20101206_0734_004-0740_006_FB1 Fieldfare eating apple on ground 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

29 Jan 2011

We adore our pheasants, and have lots about the plot at the moment. This image just fits the width of the photographed area.

Ref: D45_20101208_1527_196_FB1 Pheasant male.jpg

At the same site after dark we got our first siting of a shrew for many weeks. This is 2 visits about 2 hours apart in the 'early hours' montaged into one image.
Compare the scales - the bottom image is 'zoomed in' about 2.5 times bigger than the pheasant.

Ref: D45_20101209_0129_279+0342_282_FB1 Shrew seen 2 hours apart (montage).jpg

28 Jan 2011

We don't know how long this Fieldfare eventually spent pecking away at this apple because our first frame is at 07:33 (really dark at this time) and the last at 08:59 when this camera is timed to turn off in 'Winter'. But it was interrupted by this grey squirrel which always attacks anything it can bully when it arrives. But 5 minutes later the squirrel had gone and the bird was back to carry on. The images are sequential down the left edge, with the apple rolling about.

Ref: D45_20101209_0733_296+0855_316+0859_317_FB1 Fieldfare eating apple on ground interrupted by Grey squirrel 1+3+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

This grey squirrel (about 80 metres from the other site) is obviously collecting winter bedding, and at these temperatures we hope it was warm enough. Caught in another photo a few days later doing the same thing, so it is probably a routine 'housekeeping'.

Ref: D5C_20101207_0837_049_FB2 Grey Squirrel collecting bedding (crop).jpg

27 Jan 2011

These 2 jackdaws spent several minutes together on the perch in what looked to us a companionable (possibly more) mood. In the distance Rooks are already re-furbishing nests so these Jackdaws may also be a 'couple'.

Ref: D3B_20101202_0821_073_FB3 2 Jackdaws facing one another on perch in falling snow (crop).jpg

15 minutes later the jackdaws have gone and smaller birds have arrived for THEIR breakfast (4 species in genuine single frame).

Ref: D3B_20101202_0835_079_FB3 Bluetit + Great tit + Great Spotted Woodpecker male + Chaffinch male at feeder in falling snow.jpg

26 Jan 2011


Ref: D45_20101129_1752_063_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) leaping.jpg

The tail seems to be pressed really hard against the body as this mouse eats it's corn grain. While it does show that the tail is a controllable and muscular appendage used as a 'fifth limb' when climbing about, we have no idea why it has done this here.

Ref: D45_20101205_1746_281_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) nibbling food in paws with tail pressed into body (crop).jpg

25 Jan 2011

Classic ... (at left edge of frame or you would have got the tail as well!)

Ref: D45_20101130_1524_088_FB1 Robin in snow (crop @576).jpg

Table manners Rook style - open wide and cram it full!

Ref: D5C_20101129_1503_038_FB2 Rook eating peanut butter beak and tongue detail.jpg

24 Jan 2011

Continuing the snowy and freezing cold theme.

Ref: D45_20101130_0044_082_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in falling snow.jpg

Snow must be odd if you only see it a few times in your life. 'Who nicked summer?'

Ref: D45_20101202_0804_170_FB1 Fieldfare on ground in light falling snow.jpg

23 Jan 2011

Snow is a problem for many of our creatures. While we can put out supplementary food for them most of the nourishment will be from fallen berries, seed, insects, worms etc. under the covering. With this much snow they tend to scrabble away the snow with their feet to probe with beak or mouth. It amazes us that such small creatures can carry on with their lives at the -8C that we experienced over these days.

Ref: D45_20101202_0745_163_FB1 Dunnock on snow.jpg

Ref: D5C_20101202_1621_042_FB2 Blackbird with icy beak kicking up snow.jpg

Ref: D5C_20101202_0821_142_FB2 Moorhen on snowy ground in light falling snow.jpg

Ref: D35_20101203_0803_029_FB4 Squirrel with frost on nose.jpg

22 Jan 2011

Lovely male pheasant obviously scratching away at the snow to find food underneath.

Ref: D45_20101202_1238_004_FB1 Pheasant male scratching through snow for corn.jpg

We have at least 4 each male and female pheasants around the plot. A group of 3 females are often seen together but there is also an apparently solitary very dark female (much harder to spot except against snow!) who turned up in a single frame with probably one of the trio. We have LIGHTENED the bird on the right to compensate for being further from the light source, but she is still somewhat lost against the dark.

Ref: D5C_20101205_0816_135_FB2 2 Pheasant females light and dark plumage (crop).jpg

21 Jan 2011

Smears of peanut butter we use to attract mammals end up all over the place - obviously on this leaf being avidly licked.

Ref: D35_20101123_1243_026_FB4 Grey squirrel licking food off dead leaf (crop).jpg

Elegant pose of this Dunnock with corn grain in beak.

Ref: D45_20101123_1507_143_FB1 Dunnock with corn grain in beak among autumn leaves.jpg

20 Jan 2011

Atypically sharp image of a bluetit in flight at dusk, wings still folded even though only 30cm or so from the tree stump it is obviously aiming for.

Ref: D35_20101125_1519_088_FB4 Bluetit flying to tree stump at sunset (crop 2 @576).jpg

No - not the bird above after landing but probably a different individual (we have scores of tits each autumn) next day posing for a portrait.

Ref: D35_20101126_1338_035_FB4 Bluetit.jpg

19 Jan 2011

Lets get really stuck into this feast ...

Ref: D45_20101123_1914_197_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) clambering onto apple (crop 1).jpg

A more portable feast being carried off for enjoyment somewhere safer and probably warmer.

Ref: D45_20101127_2022_253_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) jumping down with peanut (q) in mouth.jpg

18 Jan 2011

Brrrr - this first-light Fieldfare has an iced up tail and fluffed up feathers.

Ref: D45_20101128_0720_259_FB1 Fieldfare jumping down onto frosty ground with feathers fluffed & ice on tail (crop).jpg

A couple of hours later here are about 20 Fieldfares with a couple of starlings (lower left & bottom right) getting in on the act. Unusually there were no Redwings with them - Redwings are slightly less skittish and were feeding on Hawthorn berries nearer the house.

Ref: DC1_20101128_0914_090 20 fieldfares + 2 starlings in top of 20yr black poplar.jpg

17 Jan 2011

We have seen a fox many times recently on the CCTV and IR surveillance cams, but one has at last made a (one off) appearance for a good quality pic.

Ref: D5C_20101126_2044_061_FB2 Fox (crop).jpg

16 Jan 2011

Not much by way of thermals this time of year means the buzzards tend to be lower where we can get better photos of the corvids making their displeasure felt. This is one of a pair of carrion crows mobbing a passing buzzard. Un-fudged (cropped only) single frame.

Ref: DF1_20101119_1206_082 2 carrion crows mobbing buzzard (selection inc sequences) 09 of 11 (crop @768).jpg

15 Jan 2011

We showed you this group of 7-spot ladybirds on the image for 1 Jan 2011, but not like this after an overnight frost. Doubt that they could be active now, but working with them for technical photos we can tell you that they can be quite lively at 4 degrees C.
We are trying to decide what to do with this stem. It is very exposed and fear it will break & dump its cargo.

Ref: P34_20101116_0804_529 10 7-spot ladybirds covered in thawing frost on dead Hogweed (crop).jpg

14 Jan 2011

We have a patch of Hawthorn photographable through a window but not well lit until mid day when the sun decides to appear. Once the easier to reach berries elsewhere have been taken various of the thrush family of birds wobble about on the thin branches reaching for the fruit. Here are 2 images of fieldfares working at stripping the fruits.

Ref: D01_20101121_1223_120 Fieldfare reaching for Hawthorn berry.jpg

Ref: D01_20101121_1227_159 Fieldfare reaching for Hawthorn berry.jpg

13 Jan 2011

Grey squirrels may not be as pretty as the native Red (which we have never seen except in wildlife films & photos) but are nevertheless ridiculously photogenic. We couldn't resist picking a few for this montage at just one site over a couple of days.

Ref: D5C_20101119_0723_031+20101118_0814_005+0809_003+20101119_1609_042_FB2 4 Grey Squirrel images (montage).jpg

12 Jan 2011

Unexpected moment of the week, a jackdaw has a small rodent in its beak. Out of the original frame we saw a few more jackdaws were intent on relieving this bird of its catch (or already stolen prize!) and the action disappeared behind trees where we were aware of aerial gymnastics but have no idea what happened.

Ref: DF1_20101126_0958_084 Jackdaw flying (pursued by others out of frame) with rodent in beak (crop).jpg

11 Jan 2011

We hide larger vegetable items on the top of the angled stick at the back this tree stump as they tend to move about and either block the IR beam, or mostly hide the subjects. But this squirrel has picked it up on the climb up.

Ref: D35_20101111_0720_030_FB4 Grey squirrel with half a carrot in mouth in rain (crop).jpg

Licking up the final dregs around lunch time.

Ref: D35_20101115_1226_020_FB4 Grey squirrel licking tree-stump top (crop).jpg

And finally a portrait looking the picture of innocence

Ref: D5C_20101110_1638_022_FB2 Grey squirrel facing camera with head framed by own tail.jpg

10 Jan 2011

Farmland & building work in surrounding farm has produced an unexpected influx of male pheasants to our little refuge. They rarely appear together in photos (though we have some surveillance pics confirming 3) but these 4 head and shoulder portraits show sufficient difference that we think it is 4 different birds (though the two on the right are uncertain). Glorious beasts we hope can settle the 'pecking order' without too much 'pecking'.

Ref: D5C_20101111_0756_072+0818_075+0729_067+0833_080_FB2 4 different pheasant males visiting over about 1 Hr (montage).jpg

We spotted this female pheasant keeping completely still relying on her camouflage. There are probably many more we don't spot. Certainly the sudden flight of the female pheasant from close by is a characteristic of a walk about at this time of year. She did suddenly decide to make a hurried exit - on foot!

Ref: DF1_20101112_1014_038 Pheasant female crouched in leaf litter (crop).jpg

09 Jan 2011

We use a bucket of mud slurry to repair eroded photo sites in a morning so it is firm by the end of the day when we 'bait' it. But in the cold and damp it is still sopping wet as the day ends. We don't put food on the wet mud, so this mouse is in for disappointment.
It looks like a young one - mum will not be pleased at the muddy paws?

Ref: D45_20101112_1658_045_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) investigating wet mud slurry repair.jpg

Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) with paws so clean you can see them shadowed against the white fur.

Ref: D45_20101114_1924_236_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on hind legs with front claws shadowed on body.jpg

Did the vole startle the mouse?

Ref: D45_20101115_1828_041_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping over Vole.jpg

08 Jan 2011

Reed Buntings are irregular visitors seen only once or twice some years. The last inclusion on this site was a male for 6 May 2009. This single image was the only image we got and is of a female.

Ref: D45_20101115_0758_010_FB1 Reed Bunting female in autumn hedge bottom (crop).jpg

07 Jan 2011

Portraits of birds feeding in the hedge bottom. We probably don't appreciate our fortune in seeing perhaps 50 pictures of Dunnocks each week at this site. This one seemed particularly classic.

Ref: D45_20101116_1526_085_FB1 Dunnock.jpg

Even a single corn grain looks quite big for that little bluetit's beak.

Ref: D45_20101116_1602_096_FB1 Bluetit with corn grain in beak.jpg

06 Jan 2011

The Autumn 2010 show of leaf colours was a short lived affair. Up came the colour, up came the wind, and down came the leaves all in 10 days.
First a general view of the woodland edge looking North showing the interesting variety of tree colours.

Ref: P34_20101101_1211_298 Autumn foliage from meadow post looking North (orig).jpg

We have a little cluster of 'Large Leaf Lime' and have been photographing the canopy over 2010 every few days. First an image from 30 Oct 2010

Ref: P34_20101030_1047_195 Canopy of Large leaf Lime Copse Seq.jpg

Same view a week later.

Ref: P34_20101106_1008_333 Canopy of Large leaf Lime Copse Seq.jpg

Same view 3 days on. Ouch - the autumn colour 'blown away'.

Ref: P34_20101109_1204_446 Canopy of Large leaf Lime Copse Seq.jpg

05 Jan 2011

An irregular visitor seen briefly only some years is a Grey Wagtail (what else do you call the most coloured wagtail!). This one has been hunting on the roof and you can see the legs of the insect 'going down the hatch'.

Ref: DF1_20101106_0843_015 Grey Wagtail swallowing insect 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

Similar for a more regular visitor.

Ref: DF1_20101106_1025_124 Wagtail on roof ridge about to swallow insect.jpg

04 Jan 2011

We have been trying to get good photographs of Fieldfares. But it was this Redwing, of which a few are scattered through the Fieldfare flock, seemed to be slightly less nervous and could be photographed through gaps in other trees. We love the subtle blending of bird and foliage.

Ref: DF1_20101107_0947_041 Redwing on apple twig among hawthorn berries (crop).jpg

A week later this Fieldfare finally ignored us sufficiently for this portrait.

Ref: DF1_20101115_1157_050 Fieldfare on Hawthorn branch with a few berries left (crop).jpg

03 Jan 2011

Some stale chestnuts hung around many hours. It may be that a squirrel with sharp teeth and paws to hold it is the best equipped creature to get at the insides.

Ref: D35_20101110_0716_124+20101109_1613_106_FB4 Grey Squirrel with Chestnut husk in mouth + insert with whole nut (montage 1).jpg

And now the fruit course - you can see the peel crinkling up as the squirrel takes a bite.

Ref: D5C_20101109_0657_082_FB2 Grey squirrel biting into apple (crop).jpg

02 Jan 2011

How twee the mouse looks ...

Ref: D45_20101107_1727_036_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and apple.jpg

.... until you see what it picks to eat!

Ref: D45_20101107_1731_038_FB1 fieldmouse (wood mouse) on rotten apple (crop).jpg

01 Jan 2011

One of our Hazel tree/bushes has a particularly striking orange tinge. Here is one of the leaves with a capricious 7 spot Ladybird.

Ref: P34_20101030_1227_270 Hazel tree leaf with autumnal orange tinge & incidental 7-spot ladybird (crop).jpg

Talking of 7-spot ladybird - this dead hogweed seems to be a good place for them to cluster in the sunshine.

Ref: P34_20101030_1229_288 6 7-spot ladybird clustered in dead hogweed (crop).jpg



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