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31 May 2014

An unusually quiet evening for the adjacent farm/business traffic allowed us to see Hares on the farm land.

Ref: DF2_20140410_1804_041+1805_051 Hares on grass at Pineham Farm track bend 1+2 of 4 (montage).jpg

30 May 2014

This male Mallard took fright as we approached the pond.
This is an accurate montage at 7fps, so less than half a second of flight.

Ref: DF2_20140413_1747_212-214 Mallard duck male taking off from main pond 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

This male Mallard duck is flying in to join 'his' female. There are 4 frames here, the last sees the splashdown near the bottom left corner. This is about half a second of action.

Ref: DF2_20140416_0903_306-309 Mallard duck male landing in pond to meet female @ 7fps 1-4 of 8 (acc montage).jpg

29 May 2014

An unusual shot from ground level of the flowering Blackthorn in the hedge to the north, with several Wood Pigeons on the top, with flowering Oil-seed Rape on either side. From this ground level you wouldn't expect to see the distant field over the hedge, but the land rises along this section. When this land was pasture we used to get the effect of cows 'standing' on the top of the hedge!

Ref: DF2_20140409_0920_316 Wood pigeons on flowering blackthorn sandwiched by flowering oil seed rape (crop).jpg

28 May 2014

This mature Heron flew past the Rookery - unexpectedly not getting chased by any of the normally territorial rooks.

Ref: DF2_20140408_1008_213-221 Heron flying in front of trees in blossom 1-9 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg

27 May 2014

We don't often seen Cormorants flying over, but about 20 minutes after dawn this pair flew almost overhead from the South. Whenever we see them they manage with very little wing movement.

Ref: DF2_20140408_0638_019-021 2 Cormorants flying overhead 1-3 of 3 (arbitrary montage).jpg

26 May 2014

Black Poplars make & drop Catkins weeks before the trees leaf. Our 24 year old trees (all grown from 'cuttings') have started to make catkins of their own. This one has fallen (or been chewed or pecked off) complete with the sheath. The Red colour is a characteristic of the Black Poplar Catkin.

Ref: P10_20140405_1022_763 Black Poplar Catkin (near N end of East path) still in case (crop).jpg

25 May 2014

This fine healthy Fox has selected a disgustingly rotten apple to carry away.

Ref: E63_20140406_2346_157_FB1 Fox carrying off rotten apple (crop).jpg

A pristine young fox attracted by the smells from another feeding site.

Ref: D5C_20140409_0239_097_FB2 Fox youngster (crop).jpg

24 May 2014

This robin must have some chicks to feed!
Our Robins (and similar birds) here don't use open nestboxes here - they prefer the dense hedges, so the nest could be 'anywhere'. The bird appeared again 90 minutes later with another grub long after sunset.

Ref: E62_20140406_1742_198_FB5 Robin with tiny grub in beak.jpg

A sweet moment between this pair of Robins

Ref: E62_20140404_0734_053_FB5 Robin pair at log (crop).jpg

23 May 2014

A Beautiful goldfinch picking the seeds from weed stems in and over the main pond

Ref: A77_20140404_1241_010 Goldfinch eating weed seeds (crop).jpg

A Goldfinch watching us watching it through the living room window

Ref: A77_20140405_1557_109 Goldfinch on hedge outside living room (crop).jpg

22 May 2014

A beautiful elegant male Blackbird on the log, but its not the whole story ...

Ref: D5C_20140331_0627_055_FB2 Blackbird male.jpg

... "Look behind you!"

Ref: D5C_20140330_1800_028_FB2 Blackbird male on log with Grey Squirrel approaching from behind.jpg

21 May 2014

Two startled female pheasants calling and fleeing in the flowering Rape-seed crop attracted the male who flew to their location over our heads - we only rarely get this chance of a pheasant in flight.

Ref: DF2_20140329_1632_102 Pheasant male flying overhead into Rapeseed field to guard startled females (selected) 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

A few days later, the male pheasant as we most often see him, patrolling the plot and making his territorial call every few minutes in the daytime.

Ref: E63_20140403_1828_022_FB1 Pheasant male facing camera.jpg

20 May 2014

From inside the conservatory we grabbed this image of a Long-tail Tit gathering building material for the nest. It had trouble controlling its flight with such a large aerodynamic disturbance.

Ref: DF2_20140323_1218_065 Long-tailed Tit with large feather in beak.jpg

A grabbed image through a window for nest building - this time a Wren who seems to be building a nest in the ivy just to the left of the window. The bird has a few fragments of moss in its beak - a day or so before it was small twig.

Ref: A77_20140405_1553_088 Wren taking collected moss to nearby nest (crop).jpg

More material for the Jackdaw nest, probably the one in the remains of Owl box 15 metres or so away.

Ref: D5C_20140408_2009_095_FB2 2 Jackdaws one with nesting material in beak (crop).jpg

19 May 2014

A little peaceful feeding by an interesting mix of birds.

Ref: E63_20140327_1647_011+1651_012_FB1 Chaffinch male + Blackbird female + Wood Pigeon + Pheasant male (montage for positions).jpg

A casual grouping of small birds picking up the scattered remains of the food put down for them.

Ref: E62_20140401_1854_093_FB5 Dunnock + Chaffinch pair + 2 Tree Sparrows.jpg

18 May 2014

We are pleased to see 7-spot Ladybirds in many sunlit patches. Here one of several sunning themselves on a Lodgepole pine cone.

Ref: P10_20140330_1245_746 7-spot Ladybird on developing Lodgepole Pine cone.jpg

This 7-spot ladybird has chosen a blackberry leaf to sun itself.
Ladybirds are surprisingly active even near freezing temperatures as we discovered when researching appearances of insects in UV light - see Seven spot ladybird in UV. Even at 4 degrees C one was walking about rather than torpid like most other insects at the temperature. Once warmed up all the insects went back unharmed to where we found them.

Ref: P10_20140330_1247_752 7-spot Ladybird on Blackberry leaf (crop).jpg

17 May 2014

Jackdaws Squabbling - the bird on the perch may be fleeing, or positioning itself to defend with it's claws in flight - we don't know 'what happened next'.

Ref: E60_20140402_0934_066_FB3 Jackdaws squabbling (crop).jpg

These two Rooks are getting along just fine.
"Have you heard the one about ..."

Ref: E62_20140401_1759_076_FB5 2 Rooks (of 3 in original) (crop).jpg

16 May 2014

We watched this Grey Squirrel scrabbling about near the root of the tree, unearth this 'delicate morsel', and proceed to chomp it down with gusto. Even with about 20 images we couldn't work out what it was eating, - probably a buried Horse Chestnut. Early Spring is not a great time for squirrels to find food and they need to supplement their diet with some of last autumns stored bounty.

Ref: DF2_20140401_1417_029 Grey Squirrel eating food just dug out of ground 1 of 2 (crop 2).jpg

This Grey Squirrel was first to the site after we put down some food, and nothing else is going to get any until it is stuffed!

Ref: E63_20140401_1755_124_FB1 Grey Squirrel with face splattered with food.jpg

15 May 2014

Any big bird gets harassed by Rooks from the nearby Rookery. This Juvenile heron spent some time flying around the area with one or more Rooks chasing it. The heron finally decided to land at the lake on the far side of the brook, and the final Rook peeled off. The horse just kept on munching!

Ref: DF2_20140331_1528_217+219+221+223 Heron juvenile pursued by Rook @ 7fps 9+11+13+15 of 15 (accurate montage).jpg

14 May 2014

The Tree sparrows are appearing at various sites, and this one watched us as we photographed him perched in one of our many scruffy shrubs - just the way the wildlife likes them.

Ref: DF2_20140330_1502_039 Tree Sparrow on dead cut blackberry stem.jpg

13 May 2014

The Grey squirrel taking away one of his Five-Seven-a day as Sultanas - nobody tell us we don't feed our wildlife well!
The recommended 'Five-a-Day' fruit and Veg has moved to Seven-a-day. We are Vegans - we only count the calories - its all 'fruit & veg'!

Ref: D5C_20140402_1736_184_FB2 Grey Squirrel leaping over log with mouthful of Sultanas.jpg

This rear view shows an interesting number of 'legs' on this male Grey Squirrel.
Randy little sod!

Ref: D5C_20140402_1826_198_FB2 Grey Squirrel male showing genitals.jpg

12 May 2014

This Red-legged partridge, an irregular visitor, passed through our new 'open' site for this one-off lovely portrait.

Ref: E62_20140327_1625_004_FB5 Red-legged Partridge (crop).jpg

This looks like a pair of Red-legged partridges spending a while with the female feeding at the now mostly quiet track edge with him on guard. Note her wide open beak.

Ref: DF2_20140401_1252_272 2 Red-legged partridges on concrete track edge 1 of 6 (crop).jpg

11 May 2014

A welcome but very tatty Peacock Butterfly, awake after hibernating through the winter, ready to do the all important business of making a new generation.

Ref: DF2_20140329_1100_041 Peacock Butterfly with worn wing tips (first of 2014).jpg

Considering that this insect is about 6 months old after winter hibernation, its in pretty good condition, here feeding on the blossom.

Ref: DF2_20140330_1219_006 Tortoiseshell butterfly on blossom.jpg

Another winter hibernating butterfly - the Brimstone - is here feeding on a Red Dead-nettle.

Ref: DF2_20140401_1412_002 Brimstone Butterfly on Red Dead-nettle.jpg

10 May 2014

No idea what is going on between these Fieldmice (Wood Mice), but it looks 'friendly'.

Ref: D5C_20140329_1932_144_FB2 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (crop).jpg

Did this Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) forget his umbrella?

Ref: E62_20140402_0109_106_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in rain.jpg

09 May 2014

This Yellowhammer male is really startling!

Ref: D5C_20140328_1726_056_FB2 Yellowhammer.jpg

A side view of a male Yellowhammer at a different site. We can't tell whether it is the same individual.

Ref: E62_20140328_1731_034_FB5 Yellowhammer.jpg

08 May 2014

Female chaffinch, feet just beginning to 'deploy for landing', aerobraking on her approach.

Ref: D36_20140401_1920_095_FB4 Chaffinch female aerobraking to land on tree-stump (crop).jpg

Another day, a slightly later moment in the landing procedure.

Ref: D36_20140402_1443_109_FB4 Chaffinch female aerobraking to land on tree-stump.jpg

Finally the female Chaffinch lands on the tree-stump. Her back is not as green as that of the males.

Ref: D36_20140328_1223_043_FB4 Chaffinch female landing on tree-stump.jpg

07 May 2014

This perky Robin doesn't hide from the rain.

Ref: D36_20140327_1755_032_FB4 Robin landing on tree-stump in rain.jpg

A pair of robins enjoying a final feed together before dark.

Ref: E62_20140402_1948_150_FB5 Robin pair (adjusted crop).jpg

06 May 2014

Bramblings are a new species for us - the first sighting ever was in October 2013. Bramblings usually seem to be happy in small groups, but these two show us that they can be as niggly as any other bird!

Ref: E63_20140326_1702_227_FB1 2 Bramblings squabbling (q) (crop 1).jpg

4 delightful bramblings as we normally see them, quietly searching for food missed by the other visitors.

Ref: E63_20140323_1736_056_FB1 4 Brambling.jpg

A better view of a single brambling.

Ref: E63_20140326_1703_228_FB1 Brambling.jpg

05 May 2014

This male Mallard Duck decided on a major wash & brush up (well beak up) in the pond by the house. Here the male is facing left hardly visible through the spray. The female sat on the bank watching.

Ref: P02_20140322_1306_087 Mallard duck male bathing in main pond with female sitting on bank (selected) 5 of 8 (crop).jpg

'Our' pair of Mallard ducks spending some 'quality time' together on the bank of the pond by the house.

Ref: DF2_20140324_1021_042 Mallard duck pair on bank of main pond (crop).jpg

04 May 2014

A pair of rooks had been pursuing this Red Kite out of their nesting territory, and now just one had almost stopped it's pursuit well out of frame. This is an accurate montage of about 1 second of flight.

Ref: DF2_20140321_0745_102-107 Red Kite pursued to Rook (off frame) 06-11 of 13 (accurate montage @ 7fps).jpg

03 May 2014

The colours of the sunset is echoed in the plumage of this beautiful male pheasant.

Ref: D5C_20140323_1809_201_FB2 Pheasant male against Sunset.jpg

02 May 2014

"Dare I nip in and grab it?"
Actually Corvids (which include Jackdaws and Rooks) generally co-exist peacefully with Pheasants.

Ref: D5C_20140320_1640_025_FB2 Jackdaw considering grabbing food (q) from underneath Pheasant male.jpg

The peanut is just that awkward bit below the log the Rook is perching on, so the wings and tail are helping balance.

Ref: D5C_20140323_1607_184_FB2 Rook picking up Peanut from ground with wing and tail raised (crop).jpg

01 May 2014

While refurbishing one of our automatic camera setups we found several of these small brown spiders running about under the base. This one is shown where we found it on a piece of tanalised (pressure treated) timber used to support the base carrying the equipment.

Ref: P10_20140315_1108_698 Spider Araneus Cucurbitinus young brown form found in dismantled FB1 (crop).jpg



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