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A Grey squirrel as King of the Castle?
Grey Squirrels have a few favourite places to nestle in what there is of any warming sunshine. This is one of the picturesque ones - another is the top of a Great-Tit/Tree Sparrow nest box.
"Oi - You inside - where's the food then?"
" ... and stay away!"
Robins get extremely tolerant of a human that they think (usually correctly here) may give them something good to eat.
A Robin has (presumably) pulled this earthworm out of the ground. Our experience is that the bird will bite it into a few segments small enough to swallow.
Robin standing in a heap of chilly slush.
Most birds that we see have to tolerate severe cooling of their naked legs and claws, and have a heat exchanger at the top of the legs to warm the cold blood coming up the legs by cooling the blood about to go down the legs.
This Red Kite flew past us really rather slowly against the northerly wind, much more interested in eating his most recent kill than in the humans on the ground. Read this sequence right to left.
As good an image of the Red Kite as we got at full resolution as it eat it's prey (looks like a pigeon) on the wing.
Still with the prize in it's talons, the Red Kite landed in a distant tree at the brook where it continued to devour the remains.
A Rook still folding wings as it settles onto the tree-stump.
The recent discovery in a piece of amber of a Dinosaur feather suggests that these wonderful objects evolved initially as thermal insulation.
Just after dark this Barn Owl took just this one pic of itself landing on the snowy post-top, already mostly cleared of snow by a succession of Corvids looking for food.
In the small hours of the morning, a local fox out on the prowl.
This Grey Squirrel spent a minute or two on this rather uncomfortable looking cut end of an Elderberry - that's the hedge plant that each year outgrows everything else to stick out by a metre above the rest. It then clambered down, the rear foot turned to grip the back of the stem.
A Grey Squirrel grooming (sweet) followed by eating what it finds (not so good!).
We got a surprise glimpse of
a Sparrowhawk perched in an Ash tree in clear view of workmen by the house.
We each grabbed a camera and dashed to different viewpoints.
Here is the bird quietly perched before the Grey Squirrel arrived.
Then an irate Grey Squirrel, who had been relaxing on top of a nest-box on the
same tree, chased off the Sparrowhawk, only to have it land further down the
same tree well obscured from us by intervening branches and on too thin a twig
for the Squirrel to reach it again.
Here is our interpretation of the 'get lost' from a camera downstairs.
Here is the same event from an upstairs vantage point with faster frame rate & 'bigger' lens.
Still an hour before sunrise, the house windows thus 'ablaze' with lights, this lovely barn Owl made a 3 minute visit to the meadow post.
Here is the Muntjac Deer fawn visiting the woodland site giving us
a lovely portrait. The shadow on the ground lower left might be mum,
but she never appeared on camera at this site.
From another (headless!) image facing the other way we notice that the pale patterning on the Fawn is different on the other side.
Here is mother Muntjac Deer at the camera site in the meadow.
One of our 'resident' male Blackbirds - we love the yellow ring around the eye.
An immigrant female Blackbird has selected a little piece of fruit, which may be a small sultana, in the tip of her beak.
This female Bullfinch worked her way up the bush/tree by the edge of the
pond and ended up in the sunshine.
Striking Patterning with lovely Subtle colours.
For several minutes the female Bullfinch pecked off dry Blackberry fruit by hovering for a few seconds in front of the bunch. Here you see moments from two separate flights to pick fruit from the bunch, each time returning to an obscured twig above to consume her prize.
Out first sighting this season of a Greenfinch,
Greenfinches are close in size to a Chaffinch.
Tail still spread from aerobraking, this Blue Tit almost glows on the ground.
These 2 Magpies are often seen together at the hedge bottom and meadow camera sites, so we think they are a pair building their bond.
This juvenile Heron is becoming a regular visitor, hunting in the overgrown meadow as here, and visiting the main and duck-shaped ponds.
The Heron quietly walks by the edge of the pond with neck folded
The blue tinge reflects being lit by blue sky above. Our cameras where possible are locked on 'Sunlight' (also OK for Flash) because automatic colour temperature so often goes badly wrong.
A Couple of hours later probably the same Heron made a fly-over. This is about 1 second of flight before it disappeared over the house, changing course a bit with the head not turning with the body.
One of our migrant female Blackbirds (without any yellow on the beak) carrying off a piece of dry Blackberry fruit at the tip of the beak.
Great Spotted Woodpeckers frequently visit the Peanut feeders, but here one of the females perched for a minute or so on a Lichen encrusted branch of a Black Poplar were we took this pic.
Exiting the house caught this lovely juvenile Heron flying in to land at the main pond. The bird saw us and aborted his glide path in favour of a powered 'escape'. This montage (stretched maybe 30% but maintaining the angle) gives you an idea of the action at about 2 wing flaps per second.
Heron climbing overhead
Heron climbing overhead
Our first Tawny Owl sighting for nearly 2 months was on the kitchen window bird table.
Near the end of the night this Barn Owl made a 20 minute visit to the meadow post. The arrival flight dipped into the sense beam and triggered the camera with the Owl well behind it and out of focus. The Bird stayed for 20 minutes scoping the plot quite actively. Half way through the stay the bird atypically (for our Barn owls) changed foot position, even if only a slight swivel.
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