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31 Dec 2017

We have now seen 2 male and 2 female Bullfinches foraging for blackberry fruit in this Blackberry 'bush'. But rarely close enough to make a real 'pair' image.
Here we offer a male tucking into the human equivalent of currants.

Ref: DF1_20171126_1151_009+1152_039 Bullfinch male feeding of desiccated blackberry fruit 1+3 of 3 (accurate montage).jpg

We have now seen 2 male and 2 female Bullfinches foraging for blackberry fruit in this Blackberry 'bush'. But rarely close enough to make a real 'pair' image.
Here we offer a female tucking into the human equivalent of currants.

Ref: DF1_20171126_1154_084+1155_091 Bullfinch female feeding of desiccated blackberry fruit 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

30 Dec 2017

Fieldmice (Wood Mice) frequently take unusual interest in Leopard Slugs. We understand Slug slime is quite sweet and nutritious, and the Mice may lick it from the slugs!

Ref: E63_20171117_2228_150_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) + Leopard Slug.jpg

The local Tabby Cat takes a night-time stroll, just a ring of yellow for the eyes with pupils fully dilated.
We are far from being 'Cat People', but admit this is a fine creature even if it does kill rodents we would rather the Owls could catch.

Ref: E62_20171121_2156_076_FB5 Cat Domestic Tabby.jpg

29 Dec 2017

We think this is a pair of courting Squirrels, but the claws look ready to inflict a scratch if needed.

Ref: E63_20171117_1542_120_FB1 2 Grey Squirrels rough and tumble (crop).jpg

Another visit by the Grey Squirrel clambering up the tree-stump.
Ooh yummy - strawberry!
The streak down the wood is the slime of a Leopard slug that reached the top the 'hard way'

Ref: D36_20171121_1304_022_FB4 Grey squirrel climbing tree-stump to reach food.jpg

28 Dec 2017

This is a Redwing, a similar sized Thrush to the Fieldfare. Redwing often form a small proportion of the birds in a Fieldfare flock.

Ref: E63_20171117_0809_106_FB1 Redwing around sunrise.jpg

A Fieldfare perched unusually tolerant of the photographer while perched partly obscured in a Black Poplar tree.

Ref: DF3_20171119_1206_008 Fieldfare.jpg

27 Dec 2017

A Magpie perched in one of the willow trees by the pond. This is accurately montaged, the 3 of the bird in flight being about 140mS apart.

Ref: DF1_20171119_1156_062-065 Magpie flying from Willow tree 1-4 of 4 (accurate montage 2-4 @ 7fps).jpg

There is quite a lot of Wren activity in the hedge top outside the living room, including birds having little high-speed confrontations we just can't 'capture'. Here is one of them perched and then taking off.

Ref: DF1_20171121_1212_081+84 Wren taking off from hedge top 1+2 of 2 (accurate montage).jpg

26 Dec 2017

A male Bullfinch spent several minutes picking desiccated blackberry fruit, spending several seconds working the fruit in the beak/crop, before bending down for another. The sun was shining as you can see from the bright background, but frustratingly the bird was in the shadow of the house.

Ref: DF1_20171119_1136_009+031+035+041 Bullfinch male feeding on desiccated blackberry fruits 02+07+09+12 of 12 (montage).jpg

We saw two females and a single male Bullfinch in the same bush, all making the most of the dried out berries. The females were at opposite sides of the bramble bush, so this can show just one of them with the male.

Ref: DF1_20171121_1148_006+003 Bullfinch pair feeding on desiccated Blackberry fruits (montage for focus)jpg.jpg

Here is one of the female Bullfinches picking another 'dried fruit'.

Ref: DF1_20171121_1148_012+014 Bullfinch female feeding on desiccated blackberry fruits (montage).jpg

25 Dec 2017

A several minute visit by a pair of Muntjac Deer to the front of the pond. The male, nearest the camera' has the tiny antlers.

Ref: D5C_20171120_1224_007 Muntjac Deer male and female in front of main pond (crop).jpg

The male pausing with a quizzical look at the window - maybe it is sensing some movement on the other side of the glass.

Ref: D5C_20171120_1227_025 Muntjac Deer male in hedge gap outside kitchen window (orig).jpg

This frame (not quite in focus) caught something we have not seen before - the opening of the scent gland just below the eye, possible paired with the one on the far side, about to mark a hedge twig. We had always assumed that stick ends were 'pushed in', but this makes sense.

Ref: D5C_20171120_1227_034 Muntjac Deer male in hedge gap outside kitchen window with scent gland open (detail crop).jpg

Muntjac Deer are herbivores, here making the most of the untidy grass edges we leave for them. You can see the normal view of the closed scent gland close to the right of the eye.

Ref: DF4_20171120_1227_030 Muntjac Deer male biting off grass.jpg

24 Dec 2017

A male Chaffinch in his final aerobrake to (presumably) land on the tree-stump. Unusually crisp image for a small bird in flight.

Ref: D36_20171119_1037_065_FB4 Chaffinch male aerobraking to land (crop).jpg

23 Dec 2017

A very Red Sky at night not followed by the predicted 'Shepherd's delight', but a really grey morning as the Met Office forecast.

Ref: P10_20171117_1622_182 Sunset.jpg

22 Dec 2017

This Barn owl made a 5 minute visit to the meadow Post, relaxed enough for an impossible looking preen (the bird is standing facing right reaching down with the beak to the bottom of the back).

Ref: D01_20171114_1746_023+0748_026+1750_029_FB6 Barn Owl 5 minute visit including preening 1+4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

Half an hour later we saw the owl return and stay for 44 minutes.

Ref: D01_20171114_1810_030_FB6 Barn Owl 44 minute visit 01 of 13 (crop).jpg

Half an hour later we saw the owl return and stay for 44 minutes.

Ref: D01_20171114_1812_033-1853_082_FB6 Barn Owl 44 minute visit 02+05+06+08+11+13 of 13 (montage).jpg

21 Dec 2017

The male Muntjac Deer made this lovely portrait - antlers freshly shed of their velvet coverings. This visit lasted about 5 minutes just before sunset.

Ref: E63_20171112_1547_254_FB1 Muntjac Deer male 5 minute visit (middle of 3 frames) (crop).jpg

About half an hour later the Muntjac Deer returned, disturbing the Grey Squirrel already at the site. These three images, taken consecutively at about 1 minute intervals, tells the story - "I'm bigger than you are".

Ref: E63_20171112_1626_264+1627_265+1628_266_FB1 Muntjac Deer male disturbing Grey Squirrel 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

The unusual juxtaposition in the middle image above at a better resolution even shows the Muntjac Deers wet nose.

Ref: E63_20171112_1627_265_FB1 Muntjac Deer male disturbing Grey Squirrel 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

Next evening the male Muntjac makes another visit. This animal obviously has little fear of the camera noise and flash.

Ref: E63_20171113_1608_105_FB1 Muntjac Deer male (head only).jpg

20 Dec 2017

A Red Kite glides by quietly turning towards us, giving us a good look at the top of the bird you don't often see. Very close to accurately spaced.

Ref: DF3_20171111_1225_065-069 Red Kite in flight 1-5 of 8 (approx montage).jpg

19 Dec 2017

Elegant female Pheasant shows a streak of Blue-green iridescent colour down her back.

Ref: E63_20171110_0825_092_FB1 Pheasant female with iridescent feathers on back.jpg

At the other end of the size scale, this is a male Chaffinch. His beak is now the pink-grey of the non-breeding season.

Ref: E63_20171113_1514_089_FB1 Chaffinch male.jpg

18 Dec 2017

We are starting to really enjoy these two Grey Squirrels as they repeatedly spend 'quality time' together. These 6 taken over just 20 minutes.

Ref: E63_20171109_1555_038-1615_048_FB1 2 Grey squirrels eating and romping together 1+3-7 of 7 (montage).jpg

5 days later another 'date' around sunset for what we have to assume is a pair of courting Grey Squirrels.

Ref: E63_20171114_1539_150-1544_153_FB1 2 Grey squirrels romping 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

17 Dec 2017

While we were standing slightly obscured this female Kestrel arrived about 50 metres away and commenced to hunt for a minute or two, either unaware of our presence, or not bothered. She landed in the top of this Lodgepole Pine but her perch wasn't very stable.

Ref: DF3_20171113_1226_012+016+022 Kestrel female in Lodgepole pine moving to another twig 03+06+08 of 35 (montage).jpg

The female Kestrel flutters awkwardly onto another twig which bends under her weight from 60 degrees upward to just below horizontal.

Ref: DF3_20171113_1227_026-037 Kestrel female in Lodgepole pine moving to another twig 10+14-16+19 of 35 (montage).jpg

The twig the female Kestrel moved to gradually sagged down as you see here. Her vertical tail is caught up on the twigs behind.

Ref: DF3_20171113_1228_051 Kestrel female in Lodgepole pine moving to another twig 30 of 35 (crop).jpg

16 Dec 2017

At the end of the day this Robin is out in the gloom and rain launching this attack on something above. Knowing Robins sweet disposition (NOT) it was probably another Robin daring to fly over!

Ref: E62_20171107_1649_082_FB5 Robin making vertical upward attack in rain (crop).jpg

This Robin took a photo landing at this spot in similar 'diving down' positions more than 10 times in a week. We think it must have a favourite perch quite close and makes a similar approach each time.

Ref: E62_20171105_1434_186+20171104_0716_102_FB5 Robin landings (montage).jpg

15 Dec 2017

Most years we get to see just 1 image of a Polecat passing through. It looks like this is this years offering at the meadow site where we have not seen it before. The back is wonderfully arched with the tail streaming out behind.

Ref: E62_20171106_1723_024_FB5 Polecat (crop).jpg

We have never actually SEEN the polecat and most of you won't either. But most of us have seen a Grey Squirrel, so here is a size comparison. The mounded back makes the Polecat look shorter than it is.

Ref: E62_20171106_1619_020+1723_024_FB5 Polecat & Grey Squirrel size comparison at identical scales (montage).jpg

14 Dec 2017

One of the 4 male Pheasants with dark plumage and dark feathers over the head.

Ref: E63_20171105_1348_226_FB1 Pheasant male (dark scalp).jpg

This seems to be the dominant male Pheasant, with silver-grey plumage over body and head.

Ref: E63_20171105_1504_253_FB1 Pheasant male (pale scalp).jpg

The groups of Pheasants has become more rag-tag. These two were walking up a path from the house. Note the subtly different plumages.

Ref: DF3_20171105_1343_124+125 2 Pheasant males (montage for focus).jpg

13 Dec 2017

A couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) sharing the remaining food at the bottom of the hedge.

Ref: E63_20171102_1918_045_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) (adjusted crop).jpg

12 Dec 2017

Grey Squirrels are frequently far from companionable, but these two are apparently enjoying their time together. These taken over about half an hour.

Ref: E63_20171107_1355_085+1319_072+1327_073_FB1 2 Grey Squirrels feeding and romping (montage).jpg

With windfall apples over patches of the site, they make an ideal food for Grey Squirrels to 'tank up' ready for winter.

Ref: E63_20171105_1405_234_FB1 Grey Squirrel eating apple peel.jpg

With windfall apples over patches of the site, they make an ideal food for Grey Squirrels to 'tank up' ready for winter.

Ref: E64_20171105_1416_136+1418_137_FB2 Grey Squirrel eating segments of apple (montage).jpg

11 Dec 2017

Our rural view of the storm clouds to the east shortly before sunset.

Ref: DF3_20171104_1600_020 Autumn trees lit by setting sun against storm clouds (orig & final).jpg

Behind the main pond the Viburnum Birkwoodii bushes have come into flower. The flower heads are always untidy as you see here, but the splashes of colour from the house are lovely and the perfume greets you 10 metres downwind.

Ref: DF3_20171105_1057_087 Viburnum Birkwoodii starting to flower.jpg

10 Dec 2017

A Jay makes its fairly reliable annual re-appearance, here in a particularly nice pose on the tree-stump where we most often see it.

Ref: D36_20171105_0742_066_FB4 Jay (crop).jpg

09 Dec 2017

Here our Barn Owl lands with the Alulae both prominent half way along the top of each wing as the bird slows to almost nothing to touch-down.

Ref: D01_20171104_2212_016_FB6 Barn Owl (no ring) 8 minute visit 1 of 8 (adjusted crop).jpg

This Barn Owl visit (the second of two a few minutes apart) had a very active hunting approach you see here below the landing. It was full moon, so the Owl was undoubtedly looking as well as listening for prey.
For the single image above we 'Photoshopped' out the sprouting corn stem that detracted from the symmetry. We need a ladder or steps to 'weed' the top of the pole so it tends to get left.

Ref: D01_20171104_2212_016-2219_025_FB6 Barn Owl (no ring) 8 minute visit 1+2+5+7+8 of 8 (montage).jpg

08 Dec 2017

As the leaf canopy thins the light penetrating the inside of the woodland gradually increases, here illuminating a Grey Squirrel against a still black background.

Ref: E64_20171029_1243_013_FB2 Grey squirrel in shaft of sunlight.jpg

Surely there can't be many more corn cobs for the Grey squirrels to find from the harvested and re-sown field.

Ref: E64_20171101_0721_112_FB2 Grey Squirrel with uneaten segment of Corn Cob.jpg

07 Dec 2017

Before sunrise we have a heavy dew as this Robin stands on his breakfast.

Ref: E62_20171031_0631_115_FB5 Robin standing on remains of windfall apple.jpg

A few fleeting glimpses of Goldfinches is augmented by this self portrait as one comes in to land.

Ref: E62_20171029_1107_003_FB5 Goldfinch landing.jpg

Male and female Yellowhammers in the farm hedge are back for the winter.
Discontinuities in hedge cut height result from both thick wood and unevenness in the ground that the tractor is trundling over. Here we think the cutter hit the heavy branch on the left side - it cuts this side left to right.

Ref: DF3_20171028_0904_131 4 Yellowhammers on Bridleway hedge.jpg

06 Dec 2017

Through the rows of Lombardy Poplars down the Farm Road we see this sunrise with the sun still hidden by the rise of the land.

Ref: D72_20171102_0714_029 Sunrise over Farm Road (orig & final).jpg

3 minutes later from the top of the rise we see this angry sunrise.
'Red Sky in Morning - Shepherds warning' they say and is often right, but the day turned out not too bad.

Ref: D72_20171102_0717_033 Sunrise.jpg

05 Dec 2017

A White Wagtail on our Roof, the first seen in 10 months Here it is having a stretch on the roof ridge.

Ref: DF3_20171027_1253_033 White Wagtail (1st of season) on slate roof (crop).jpg

The White Wagtail was dodging backward and forwards over the ridge you see above, with us following it like sheep!
Pied Wagtails have Black backs
White Wagtails have Grey Backs (as here)
Grey Wagtails have Yellow Chests
Is it any wonder people get confused!

Ref: DF3_20171027_1255_051 White Wagtail (1st of season) on slate roof (crop).jpg

04 Dec 2017

This Carrion Crow perched on one of the other 3 high voltage cables pecked awkwardly at something held against the wire by one foot. When it took off we finally saw what was in the beak - some sort of small limb bone. Whether Bird, Mammal or Rodent we have no idea. Well it is a Carrion Crow!

Ref: DF3_20171027_0805_005-008 Carrion Crow flying from wires with bone in beak 1-4 of 5 + insert (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

03 Dec 2017

At the same scale and in similar positions you can here compare (left to right) the Female Chaffinch, Great Tit and Blue Tit.

Ref: E63_20171025_1647_184+20171024_1632_109+1617_100_FB1 Chaffinch female + Great Tit + Bllue Tit (montage).jpg

The influx of migrant Blackbirds with Black rather than yellow beaks has arrived. Here we can see that the inside of the beak is (to us the more normal) yellow.

Ref: E63_20171023_1708_039_FB1 Blackbird male with black beak (first of season).jpg

The male immigrant Blackbird has a really black coating on the beak, but the female of the same type sports a brown coating.

Ref: E63_20171026_1718_033_FB1 Blackbird female (Black beak immigrant (q)).jpg

02 Dec 2017

The multitude of Grey Squirrels all seem to enjoy scraping out cooked chestnut husks. Meanwhile they are busy burying whole Horse Chestnuts for consumption in the winter.

Ref: E62_20171022_1219_245_FB5 Grey Squirrel nibbling chestnut.jpg

The wildlife is still finding whole corn cobs in the harvested, harrowed and re-sown field adjacent to our access track. We estimate that at least 200 mostly eaten cobs are scattered over our patch. Here another third or so of a cob is taken away to be 'dismantled'.

Ref: E64_20171020_1017_082_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying piece of corn cob.jpg

Rabbit with carrot - just like endless illustrations in children's books. Rabbits don't store food against future need, but then the grass they mostly eat doesn't go away.
A leaf happens to have been falling at the moment of exposure just above the Rabbits left front leg.

Ref: E63_20171021_1810_147_FB1 Rabbit with piece of carrot in mouth + falling leaf.jpg

01 Dec 2017

The Autumn continues to produce a succession of different Fungi in the grass area outside our east boundary. We have had a go at identifying this interesting shape - see label.

Ref: DF3_20171021_1343_066 Fungus Funnel (poss Clitocybe infundibuliformis) in grass by Farm Road (crop).jpg



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