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29 Feb 2012

The temperature has been below freezing for some days, and here the Grey squirrel was looking for food ON the ice. It probably found some corn chucked on for the Mallard and Moorhen that skidded to the edge.

Ref: DF1_20120203_1340_039 Grey Squirrel looking for food on iced Round pond (crop).jpg

28 Feb 2012

A portrait of a delightful Bluetit making a welcome splash of colour in the sea of white snow.

Ref: D45_20120205_1547_174_FB1 Bluetit with Fir cone in snow.jpg

27 Feb 2012

Snow on the fields has created the rising mist as the sun sinks to the horizon.

Ref: DF1_20120207_1643_149 Sunset over misty fields viewed between Black Poplar Branches (orig).jpg

26 Feb 2012

The Kestrel appeared from nowhere and dived down into the rank grass, then unexpectedly took his catch (a Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse)) to the top of the post to eat it. In the middle shot the kestrel literally pulled the mouse into 2 to swallow the halves separately. He then spent a couple of minutes removing the remains from his feet and the top of the post, before flying away

Ref: D01_20120129_1046_152-1052_394 Kestrel male eating Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on meadow post top in 7 mins selected 01-84 of 86 (montage).jpg

A larger view about 1 minute after he arrived at the post

Ref: D01_20120129_1046_170 Kestrel male eating Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) on meadow post top in 7 minutes 06 of 86 staring at camera (crop).jpg

25 Feb 2012

Hunting from these mains electric wires running to the house, this kestrel's dive looked really determined and purposeful, but we don't have any idea 'what happened next'.

Ref: D01_20120129_1028_122-124 Kestrel male diving down from mains wires 2-4 of 4 (shifted montage @ 5 fps).jpg

24 Feb 2012

Great Tit perching elegantly on the edge of the stone as it searches for food.

Ref: D45_20120128_0855_098_FB1 Great Tit on stone.jpg

23 Feb 2012

The ponds are iced over many nights and this mallard duck pair have found the alternative tit-bits at the nearest ground level photo sites.

Ref: D5C_20120127_1538_056_FB2 Mallard duck pair with water drops on backs feeding together (crop 2).jpg

22 Feb 2012

For only the second time we have noticed, a Muntjac deer female spent several hours on the island of the main pond crossing over via the reed bed.

Ref: DC1_20120129_1035_029 Muntjac Deer female grooming and feeding on main pond island 01 of 11 Licking fur (crop).jpg

Ref: DC1_20120129_1108_100 Muntjac Deer female grooming and feeding on main pond island 08 of 11 mouth open (crop).jpg

21 Feb 2012

Not a trace of blue on the male chaffinch beaks, but it won't be long before they start changing to breeding colour.

Ref: D45_20120115_1613_184_FB1 Chaffinch male standing on fir cone (crop 2).jpg

Just a little delight.

Ref: D45_20120121_1604_124_FB1 Bluetit standing on fir cone (crop).jpg

20 Feb 2012

We seem surrounded by immaculate robins getting in the mood for breeding.

Ref: DF1_20120115_1235_052 Robin in Viburnum (crop).jpg

We seem surrounded by immaculate robins getting in the mood for breeding.

Ref: DF1_20120115_1236_055 Robin in Viburnum with flowers.jpg

2 Robins not fighting in late Winter or Spring indicates a pair! We have seen these two several times, and they come down together as we 'bait' the site.

Ref: D45_20120119_1702_012_FB1 Robin pair (crop).jpg

19 Feb 2012

A couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) several hours after sunset, picking up the remaining fragments of food

Ref: D45_20120122_2121_182_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice).jpg

18 Feb 2012

Successive shots of this male mallard duck flying overhead taken at about 5fps, but much closer together than they should be in this montage.

Ref: DF1_20120121_1501_023-025 Mallard Duck male in flight 1-3 of 3 (arb montage).jpg

17 Feb 2012

The little sprouts of snowdrops we showed you a couple of weeks ago are now 'all grown up'

Ref: DF1_20120124_1520_016 Snowdrops 2012 Seq after rain (crop).jpg

The violets are emerging in sheltered but sunny corners. This patch grows among logs and posts. The more we watch wildlife on our patch the more we think 'untidy is best' for them.

Ref: P10_20120123_1322_945 Violets in orchard bed (crop 1).jpg

16 Feb 2012

There are at least 2 female pheasant about, but they don't often visit the photo sites.

Ref: D5C_20120124_0805_061_FB2 Pheasant female with water droplets on back.jpg

The dominant male pheasant photographed himself a couple of minutes apart with his body facing in opposite directions. The way his head is pointed at the camera suggest the caption "which profile is my best?"

Ref: D5C_20120125_0854_112+0856_113_FB2 Pheasant male right and left sides (montage).jpg

15 Feb 2012

After years of seeing Robins always chasing away any mice, suddenly this robin just ignores the mice in several frames.

Ref: D45_20120112_1638_027_FB1 3 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) with robin standing by one (crop).jpg

View this as 3 vertical slices of 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 2 hours

Ref: D45_20120113_2012_103+2106_108+2214_114_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frolicking over 2 hours (montage).jpg

14 Feb 2012

A batch of Supermarket chestnuts turned out to be stale, so out they go, uncooked this time, for the Grey Squirrel to take them off and bury them!

Ref: D5C_20120113_1617_039_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying chestnut.jpg

The Grey Squirrel selects one of several Hazelnuts for 'afters'. And then the rest of course!

Ref: D5C_20120114_1546_104_FB2 Grey Squirrel selecting hazelnut.jpg

13 Feb 2012

An unusual pair of horizontal aircraft contrails we didn't see created. Presumably different heights and thus different air streams.

Ref: DF1_20120112_1308_024 Contrails of various types.jpg

Lots of colour to sunrise and (here) sunsets at the moment

Ref: DF1_20120113_1607_303 Evening sun with orange glow (crop).jpg

A fragmented Sundog (sun to the right) with an airliner Contrail

Ref: P34_20120117_0945_603 Sundog in streaked clouds (sun to right) (crop).jpg

12 Feb 2012

This juvenile heron seems to have taken a 'shine' to our patch, and hunts in the meadow and 'Duck' pond for hours on end. It doesn't land if we are out but makes a leisurely exit as here. Taken at about 5 fps but spaced too close in this montage so you can enjoy the bird.

Ref: DF1_20120113_1240_052-055 Heron juvenile flyby 1-4 of 7 (arb montage).jpg

11 Feb 2012

We are being 'charmed' by the goldfinches feeding on the various tree seeds. Here this one bird was picking out and eating seeds on a Silver Birch tree.

Ref: DF1_20120113_1256_208-210 Goldfinch feeding on Silver Birch seeds 4-6 of 6 (montage).jpg

10 Feb 2012

We have a soft spot for collared doves. One of them likes perching on the chimney cowl. The 3 in flight are accurately positioned at 7 fps.

Ref: DF1_20120115_0907_006-009 Collared Dove flying from chimney cowl 1-4 of 7 (acc montage).jpg

09 Feb 2012

Low on the ground the first primrose we have spotted this year, hiding in a little sheltered patch.

Ref: DF1_20120116_1543_162 Primrose (first of Spring).jpg

High in the distant trees our first sighting this year of a Little Egret, and what looks like a 'pair' at that.

Ref: DF1_20120117_0958_242 2 Little Egrets in Tree to west (crop).jpg

08 Feb 2012

Plenty for both the female Great Spotted Woodpecker and the male Starling, but they each want it ALL!

Ref: D3B_20120117_0827_034_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker and Starling male squabbling (crop 1).jpg

Judging from the beak colours, a female actually feeding (tongue out with nut fragments) being eyed over by a couple of the 'boys'.

Ref: D3B_20120118_1241_071_FB3 Starling female on peanut feeder perch with 2 males waiting behind (adjusted crop).jpg

07 Feb 2012

We know Grey Squirrels are 'Flea ridden tree-rats with good PR' but often they look lovely, as here in our hedge bottom.

Ref: D45_20120116_1602_006_FB1 Grey Squirrel with fir cones (crop).jpg

06 Feb 2012

This Great Tit has found a dark seed of some kind amongst the corn we put out for the wildlife.

Ref: D45_20120111_1549_121_FB1 Great Tit with corn grain in tip of beak.jpg

05 Feb 2012

A splash of colour on a dull Winter afternoon - a Bluetit by a small red apple.

Ref: D45_20120109_1516_009_FB1 Bluetit with red apple.jpg

A quiet moment for the vole on it's evening forage.

Ref: D45_20120110_1718_097_FB1 Bank vole and red apple.jpg

04 Feb 2012

We haven't seen a kestrel for some weeks, but a Sparrowhawk is seen a few times a week. Here it is landing at the peanut feeder (not for the peanuts of course) - we presume it missed whatever it was trying to grab.

Ref: D3B_20120110_1358_034_FB3 Sparrowhawk (crop).jpg

03 Feb 2012

Repeated harassing of one bird by another is quite common. Here successive frames suggested this little montage of a Great Tit and Chaffinch disputing access to the peanut feeder, top then bottom 5 minutes apart.

Ref: D3B_20120109_1335_016+1340_017_FB3 Chaffinch male and Great Tit squabbling by peanut feeder 1+2 of 2 (montage 5 mins apart).jpg

02 Feb 2012

These 3 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) were just messing about rather than fleeing - they were still there 1 minute later.

Ref: D45_20120106_1649_103_FB1 3 fieldmice (wood mice) frolicking.jpg

01 Feb 2012

Recently we have seen far more interactions between birds and rodents than we are used to, most often between a late visiting Robin and an early fieldmouse (wood mouse).

Ref: D45_20120108_1631_202_FB1 Robin chasing away fieldmouse (wood mouse) (crop).jpg



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