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28 Feb 2013

The cold weather does nothing to sweeten the temper of the various visitors, and means closely matched combatants may be more determined to maintain access to the food - as this Great Tit from the normally dominant Robin.

Ref: D3B_20130117_1317_032_FB3 Great Tit on perch defending against robin flying in (crop).jpg

Two thoroughly disagreeable starlings.

Ref: D3B_20130122_1159_117_FB3 2 Starlings squabbling (crop).jpg

27 Feb 2013

We have a few (3 or a few more) Fieldfares still using the orchard as an apple windfall banquet. The major flock is long gone - a flock of about 10 sometimes flies by. But we don't often see them at the camera sites, but this week quite a lot!

Ref: D45_20130119_1224_215_FB1 Fieldfare in snow (crop).jpg

Another Fieldfare appearance - these two images a few minutes apart of probably the same bird.

Ref: D5C_20130120_0759_260+0803_262_FB2 Fieldfare visiting site in snow (montage).jpg

26 Feb 2013

A Dunnock's search under the snow is rewarded with a corn grain.

Ref: D45_20130120_1448_422_FB1 Dunnock with corn grain about to fly off from snowy stone.jpg

The local Thrush also put in several appearances in the snow. The bird has started using a sheet of corrugated iron (intended to attract snakes in the summer) as it's 'Anvil'.

Ref: D45_20130119_1631_280_FB1 Thrush in snow.jpg

25 Feb 2013

4 frames from the build-up of the first snowfall. The last image unexpectedly includes a not very good view of a Redwing - not seen for many weeks.

Ref: D5C_20130118_0928_047+1110_052_FB2 Snow building up during morning (including Redwing) 1-3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

24 Feb 2013

Snow may be falling but many birds are nevertheless out looking for food.

Ref: D5C_20130120_0858_271_FB2 Rook exploring snow for food (crop 1).jpg

23 Feb 2013

Probably slim pickings for a fox - worms frozen under the soil & mice under the snow. We think this one has heard something moving and is having a go at turning it into a 'mouthful'

Ref: LT1_20130119_0130_035_SC2 Fox hearing prey under snow and attacking (q) 1-3 of 3 (IR montage).jpg

A fox exploring the woodland site for something to eat.
Is it trying to gnaw the peanut butter impregnated wood?

Ref: D5C_20130122_2239_270_FB2 Fox in snow (crop).jpg

22 Feb 2013

Montage of female (left) and male blackbirds 20 minutes apart.

Ref: D36_20130121_1401_043+1340_040_FB4 Blackbird female and male (montage).jpg

21 Feb 2013

The snow has brought in the Jay looking for something to eat around the peanut feeders. We don't see them trying to extract peanuts (the beak tip is too big) but like many creatures they search the base of the feeder and the ground beneath for bits dropped by Woodpecker and the Squirrels.

Ref: D3B_20130123_1044_170_FB3 Jay against snowy background.jpg

20 Feb 2013

For several days after two snowfalls we saw only a tiny fraction of the normal number of images of Fieldmice (Wood Mice). This one really expresses the problems for such a small creature in snow many times deeper than it is!

Ref: D45_20130120_1758_465_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) struggling through snow (crop).jpg

Trampling down of the snow by the many visitors (and our broom to keep the site usable) means the fieldmice (wood mice) are back to leaping about.

Ref: D45_20130122_0240_144_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) leaping in snow.jpg

19 Feb 2013

"Where has the sun gone?"

Ref: D45_20130123_0905_418_FB1 Dunnock looking up in snow.jpg

18 Feb 2013

We understand that badgers spend bad weather hibernating in their setts, So this one out just after midnight in sub-zero temperatures must be really hungry.

Ref: D5C_20130122_0121_132_FB2 Badger in Snow (crop 2).jpg

17 Feb 2013

These 2 female blackbirds about 4 hours apart at first look similar, but although close to the same size, despite their postures distorting this, they have different beak colouration and other small differences in markings

Ref: D36_20130110_1134_010+1521_020_FB4 Blackbird females with grey then yellow beaks (montage).jpg

16 Feb 2013

Leaping mice don't usually come this bizarre.
In the closer view of the mouse in the air you will see that it has retained a grip on the corn grain between it's front paws! Some of you claim our mice MUST be jumping down but if it was it wouldn't have had the corn grain in its paws.

Ref: D45_20130111_1705_119_FB1 Mouse mid leap still with corn grain in paws (adjusted crop 1).jpg

We would bet that corn grain got dropped when it landed!

Ref: D45_20130111_1705_119_FB1 Mouse mid leap still with corn grain in paws (crop 2).jpg

15 Feb 2013

One heron fly-by (after several weeks absence) becomes a montage and a closeup.

Ref: DF1_20130113_0927_071-073 Heron flying by 05-07 of 19 (arbitrary montage @ 7fps).jpg

Ref: DF1_20130113_0927_086 Heron flying by (discontinuous) 16 of 19 (crop).jpg

14 Feb 2013

Robin vs 2 Great Tits.
Looks to us like the Robin is relishing the challenge, but more likely is just determined to get at the food in the peanut feeder to the left and will force his way past.

Ref: D3B_20130114_1040_020 FB3 Robin threatening (q) 2 Great Tits in snow.jpg

13 Feb 2013

Lots of Great Spotted Woodpeckers visits at the moment, and we know we have at least 2 pairs visiting, snowing or not. This is a male - you can just see the red patch at the back of the head.

Ref: D3B_20130114_1125_031_FB3 Great Spotted Woodpecker on perch in snow (crop).jpg

12 Feb 2013

These two undersized grey squirrels may be siblings. - there was no aggression between them as we normally expect to see.

Ref: D3B_20130114_1231_040_FB3 2 young (q) Grey Squirrels sharing perch in snow (crop).jpg

11 Feb 2013

This Great Tit looks a bit more than usually willing to defend it's position. The peanuts in the feeder to the left may save its life in this cold weather.

Ref: D3B_20130114_1347_060_FB3 Robin in flight and Great Tit on perch threatening each other in snow (crop).jpg

Here the Bluetit is sort-of defending its position, but doesn't stand a chance against the aggressive Robin, and we think it more likely it is making a desultory gesture at being forced to leave!

Ref: D3B_20130116_1232_164_FB3 Bluetit and Robin threatening each other on perch.jpg

10 Feb 2013

We got several (not very good) photos of this Collared dove before the Grey Squirrel's arrival, and none thereafter. A pair of Collared doves like a conifer tree a few meters from this site, and from the house 30m away we often see them 'playing' there from the house. Baby Collared Doves later this year?

Ref: D5C_20130116_0805_201_FB2 Collared Dove with Grey Squirrel in background.jpg

09 Feb 2013

Conifer seed heads contain lots of useful (and tasty?) protein if you can only chew your way in!

Ref: D36_20130104_0804_010_FB4 Grey Squirrel with chewed fir cone in mouth.jpg

08 Feb 2013

There are so many interactions between a male chaffinch and a Great Tit at this feeder we think there may be two birds that really dislike each other. Like human society a bit isn't it?

Ref: D3B_20130104_1409_069_FB3 Chaffinch male and great tit face-off.jpg

Great tits are wonderfully marked when you have a close look.

Ref: D45_20130105_1530_094_FB1 Great Tit perched on fir cone on ground.jpg

In a flurry of wings this Great Tit flies off.

Ref: D45_20130105_1534_097_FB1 Great Tit in flight with blurred Bluetit in flight confusing background (crop).jpg

07 Feb 2013

We just love this Rook's face. This is one of a pair of rooks that frequent the centre of our plot every day.

Ref: D45_20130109_1533_149_FB1 Rook portrait (crop).jpg

06 Feb 2013

Predators have to be irregular creatures or their prey will know when to hide. After an absence for over a week the barn owl turned up 3 days running, each time around 18:45 perhaps for some reason we don't know.

Ref: D01_20130106_1845_023+0048_035 Barn owl (white front) on meadow post for 15 minutes (montage).jpg

The bird only stayed for a couple of minutes. The heap on top of the post is the remains of a peanut butter and corn mix put out too late for the birds to finish and of no interest to an owl.

Ref: D01_20130107_1852_013 Barn Owl on Meadow Post (crop).jpg

On the third and final day the bird stayed on the post for about half an hour. A slight drizzle turned into a rain shower. Image 3 (lower left) happened to catch the bird shaking out the damp plumage, and the final image shows the whole top of the head spangled with raindrops just prior to leaving - compare with the image above it. Owls feathers are not very water resistant - the bird flew off presumably to perch somewhere dry.

Ref: D01_20130108_1843_018-1909_057 Barn Owl (white front) on Meadow Post for 30 minutes leaving when rained on (montage).jpg

05 Feb 2013

The smaller Bluetit (right) looks a bit apprehensive at the Great Tit that has probably just landed. Sometimes they squabble, other times they feed together in peace.

Ref: D45_20130108_1459_086_FB1 Great Tit and Bluetit eyeing each other on stone.jpg

04 Feb 2013

These 2 successive frames indicate that the rabbit lifted the fir cone from behind the log (probably awkwardly placed partly under it) on to the top to have a good chew on it.
The images are 1 hour apart - has the mouse magically turned into a slug?

Ref: D5C_20130107_2108_022+2209_023_FB2 Rabbit lifts fir cone on to log to nibble 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

03 Feb 2013

A clump of Snowdrops not yet fully opened shows the interesting way the flowers form and then drop down from the protecting sheath.

Ref: DF1_20130109_0938_029 Snowdrops on Dragon Pond West Bank (crop 2).jpg

02 Feb 2013

The Robin can see Spring on its way.
From the top of this conifer the song was echoing off the garage. We are amazed how open the beak is.

Ref: DF1_20130109_0953_061+062 Robin singing at top of conifer 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

01 Feb 2013

This single frame by chance catches for the first time what is about a weekly occurrence - the large feeder landing on the ground. It is normally retained by a circle of tacks to stop it sliding off but can still be tipped off. The squirrel on the right triggered the camera just as the squirrel on the left did the deed as it clambered up the pole.

Ref: D3B_20121229_1506_158_FB3 2 Grey Squirrels on perch one knocking over large feeder (crop).jpg

It was getting dark and raining when we spotted the feeder had fallen, and put it back next morning. Shortly afterwards, this Grey squirrel seems to be puzzled by the leaf from the ground now stuck to the top of the feeder

Ref: D3B_20121230_1046_166_FB3 Grey Squirrel staring at leaf stuck to feeder after being returned from ground.jpg



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