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30 Nov 2018

One patch of roses along the self-set outside east hedge (mostly Blackthorn with patches of Cherry) is making a lovely show of autumn colours


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One patch of roses along the self-set outside east hedge (mostly Blackthorn with patches of Cherry) is making a lovely show of autumn colours


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One patch of roses along the self-set outside east hedge (mostly Blackthorn with patches of Cherry) is making a lovely show of autumn colours


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29 Nov 2018

Only a few hours after moving this bird-strike Pigeon, this Buzzard found the remains at the woodland site where we saw one months ago. Just this one frame - there was very little meat left on the remains to keep the bird active.


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A Closeup of the Buzzard's head - what a Bird!


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This adult Fox (with a bit of Mange at his rear - all Foxes here seem to get it as they get older) checks out the Pigeons remains but leaves it. There is no meat left worth taking.


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28 Nov 2018

Grey Squirrels are in full-time 'eating' mode. This one female (with really tender looking teats) was working her way over the grass outside our patch eating the single-wing seeds dropped by something like (but isn't) a sycamore tree overhanging both sides of the boundary hedge.


Ref: DF3_20181007_0916_105 Grey squirrel female eating fallen sycamore (or similar) single winged seeds.jpg

27 Nov 2018

The sightings of our regular large Raptors (Buzzards, and here a Red Kite) have increased this week. These early morning rich colours are 'un-fudged'.


Ref: DF3_20181007_0752_044+046+048 Red Kite in flight 1+3+5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg

One of the close approaches by the early morning Red Kite, unfortunately without the sun lighting the body or underwings.


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26 Nov 2018

More 7-spot ladybirds this year than Harlequin ladybirds, but this is one of the latter walking on the late flowering Ivy.


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25 Nov 2018

Outside a window this huge plant saucer that does duty for a bird bath. Various sizes of stones in the bottom provide nice height perches for different sizes of birds. Here a Blue Tit really enjoyed itself.


Ref: D72_20181004_1206_014+027+048+050 Blue Tit bathing 03+08+15+16 of 16 (montage).jpg

Outside a window this huge plant saucer that does duty for a bird bath. Various sizes of stones in the bottom provide nice height perches for different sizes of birds. Here a Great Tit really enjoyed itself.


Ref: D71_20181010_1200_004-1201_042 Great Tit bathing in bird bath 1+3+6+4 of 8 (montage).jpg

24 Nov 2018

The windfall apples seem to attract an endless stream of visitors. Here a badger shows that it can open it's mouth much more widely than we had imagined it might.


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A lie-down meal for this Badger.
Reminds us of Roman banquets.


Ref: BU6_20181008_2319_421+426+2320_427_SC2 Badger lies on ground to feed 1-3 of 3 (horizontally accurate montage).jpg

23 Nov 2018

A little sad drama as a Wood Pigeon struck the kitchen window (despite is being cluttered with a camera, flash on a pole an various plant pots) and dropped dead onto the grass outside. We moved the sad body to the meadow camera site expecting a Fox, Badger or Buzzard to take it away, but nothing touched it for a week.
This Ginger cat takes a look but didn't obviously disturb it.


Ref: E62_20181002_0709_026_FB5 Cat domestic ginger examining dead Wood Pigeon.jpg

Pheasant have no interest in this carrion - here a bird-strike Wood Pigeon.


Ref: E62_20181002_1702_040_FB5 Pheasant male and female behind dead Pigeon.jpg

This Fox stopped for a look at bird strike Wood Pigeon, but rather surprisingly didn't even try to drag it away. We think this a youngster, and it didn't know what to do?


Ref: E62_20181004_0116_079_FB5 Fox examining Dead Wood Pigeon but apparently leaving it untouched.jpg

22 Nov 2018

The windfall apples attract a Muntjac Deer, Foxes and Badger. For the second time in a week a Badger and a Fox cross paths. It is the Fox that leaves.


Ref: BU6_20181002_1941_376_SC2 Badger arrives and Fox leaves.jpg

Next evening the Badger spends a few minutes chomping off lumps of apple.


Ref: BU6_20181003_2005_643+644+2008_658_SC2 Badger eating apple over 4 minutes 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

After midnight on the same night this badger spent 20 minutes at one place presumably finding things to eat. The first 5 images are in exactly the same position, while the last is of the badger leaving as we also notice a mist started to descend.


Ref: BU6_20181004_0249_687-0308_772_SC2 Badger 20 minute visit to orchard 1-5+7 of 8 (montage).jpg

21 Nov 2018

Fox nose to the ground at the Woodland site.


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A Fox explores the feeding site, looking down the hole in the ground we shortly afterwards filled in.


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20 Nov 2018

We occasionally see a Weasel through windows just outside the house, but here we came across one near the middle of the woodland using the gaps under a storage bunker as a temporary hiding place. We are used to these creatures fleeing from humans and not re-appearing but this one kept looking out from various gaps under the bunker. It finally sprinted across the open ground to the adjacent mound where it went down a small hole we had not noticed before.
Woodlands are dark - hence the grainy quality of the image on a flash-free camera.


Ref: DF3_20180930_1619_061 Weasel under storage bunker (deep shade) 5 of 5 (crop).jpg

The Ginger Cat on 'his' night-time prowl.
We did some research on whether all Ginger cats are 'Toms' (males) as we had long understood, but we found that only 3 in 4 are male, the Gene being on the X chromosome and recessive. See Wiki if you don't understand.


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19 Nov 2018

When you see Tits in a tree full of seeds you might think that it what it is after. But they are also looking for insects as you can see in the beak tip.


Ref: DF3_20180929_1234_177 Blue Tit in Ash tree with insect in tip of beak.jpg

18 Nov 2018

Several Black-headed Gulls (in eclipse with just a black spot) were feeding on the recently seeded crop fields. This one almost hovered as it landed, so we have spread the images so you can see it. We tidied up the repetitive background, but left in the bit of vertical stem at the bottom each time so you can see that the bird actually moves very little during its delicate landing.


Ref: DF3_20180927_1227_008+1228_009-013 Black-headed Gull landing on disturbed soil 2-7 of 7 (horizontally stretched montage).jpg

17 Nov 2018

We have seen this Shieldbug in previous years on the same bit of wooden fence. The yellow splash of colour is Lichen.


Ref: DF3_20180926_1229_056 Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) Shieldbug (crop).jpg

When you see a Shieldbug on a flat piece of wood you can forget that they are perfectly nimble creatures.


Ref: DF3_20180926_1228_025 Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) Shieldbug crossing right angled wood joint (crop).jpg

16 Nov 2018

A seemingly endless supply of Windfall apples attracts lots of Fox visits. Here is a little montage of some of them over 3 days.


Ref: BU6_20180923_2054_239-20180925_2332_005_SC2 Fox visits over 3 nights (montage).jpg

Badgers visit this end of the 'orchard' on most nights to enjoy some of the windfall apples.


Ref: BU6_20180921_2106_334+20180920_2151_075_SC2 Badger eating windfall apples over 2 nights (montage).jpg

15 Nov 2018

A male Sparrowhawk flashes by the kitchen window perch.


Ref: E60_20180924_1724_085_FB3 Sparrowhawk male over kitchen perch (crop).jpg

We see a lot of Grey squirrel threatening one another and other species, but rarely see the teeth buried in another creature - here a Wood Pigeon that didn't take off quite quickly enough. Either the Grey squirrel will have lost it's grip, or the Pigeon will lose a few feathers. We haven't noticed an injured pigeon in the following days.


Ref: E60_20180924_0951_055_FB3 Wood Pigeon fleeing from perch with Grey Squirrel gripping feathers near tail (crop).jpg

14 Nov 2018

A Beautiful Barn Owl graces us with a quarter of an hour visit.


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A long visit to the Kitchen window perch by this Tawny owl gives us a chance to produce this little montage.


Ref: E60_20180924_0337_040-0359_045_FB3 Tawny Owl 23 minute visit to Kitchen Window perch 1-3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

Much more detail of the leftmost image in the above montage.


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13 Nov 2018

A Tawny Owl visits the kitchen window bird table.
The sense beams now runs to the left of the table so the bird flapping wings on both landing and departure triggered the camera.


Ref: E60_20180921_2040_068+_2043_069_FB3 Tawny owl landing on Kitchen bird table and leaving (montage).jpg

Backwards and Forwards landings of 'our' Tawny Owl.


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Landing successfully accomplished, this Tawny Owl then starts to look really intensely at something to the right - probably a rodent at the meadow camera site.


Ref: D01_20180925_0146_011-0204_034_FB6 Tawny Owl 21 minute visit to meadow post 1-3+7 of 7 (montage).jpg

12 Nov 2018

A female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly sunning herself in a hawthorn hedge.


Ref: DF3_20180918_1240_162 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female perched in Hawthorn.jpg

This male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly was flying from stick tip to stick tip as he keeps a look-out for rivals and mates.


Ref: DF3_20180918_1246_176+1250_193 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on tip of sticks (montage).jpg

This female Common Darter dragonfly resting on the ground almost vanishes in the dead grass, of which there is still LOTS months after the heatwave.


Ref: DF3_20180918_1300_206 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on ground of drought desiccated grass.jpg

11 Nov 2018

For a couple of minutes this Red Kite wheels round us.


Ref: DF3_20180918_1229_065+069 Red Kite in flight 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Here over 2 seconds you see the Red Kite 'rolling' to give us views of top and bottom of the wings.


Ref: DF3_20180918_1229_083-095 Red Kite rolling in flight 1-5 of 5 (montage just under 2 seconds).jpg

As the Red Kite departed it glided against the trees by the brook. It wasn't until we built this accurate montage we realised how steeply the bird was descending.


Ref: DF3_20180918_1230_135-143 Red Kite gliding past trees 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage alternate frames @ 7fps).jpg

10 Nov 2018

As the nights get colder Drey maintenance becomes a priority for Grey Squirrels.


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The Conker Harvest by the Grey Squirrels is in full swing. Most of these will be buried to dig up and eat in the winter.


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Conkers Wrapped or Unwrapped - the Grey Squirrel doesn't care.


Ref: E64_20180917_1854_037+20180918_1839_075_FB2 Grey squirrel collecting Conkers (montage).jpg

09 Nov 2018

'Our' male Pheasant really looks fantastic.


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08 Nov 2018

Over 4 days we found 24 usable images of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over this site. Here is a little celebration of the best, all broadly where they were when the original frames were taken. The owls will be pleased!


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A little moment of 'togetherness' between a couple of Fieldmice (Wood Mice).


Ref: E63_20180916_0056_267_FB1 2 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) nose to nose (crop).jpg

07 Nov 2018

The same Comma Butterfly, this one highlighting the gorgeous orange colour.


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The same Comma Butterfly, this one highlighting darker underwing and white 'comma'.


Ref: DF3_20180915_1222_014 Comma Butterfly showing underwing.jpg

06 Nov 2018

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly is sunning himself on a stem of great Willow Herb. This is 2 different views of the same individual.


Ref: DF3_20180915_1535_024+1536_038 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male perched on Great Willow Herb stem 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

A male Southern Hawker Dragonfly over the meadow, in among several Migrant Hawkers without obvious conflict.


Ref: DF3_20180917_1357_025 Southern Hawker Dragonfly male in flight.jpg

In the mid-day sunshine a female Common Darter Dragonfly perches on a dead Blackberry stem. This female is probably past breeding, and hopefully enjoying her last few days before the frosts arrive.


Ref: DF3_20180915_1222_006 Common Darter Dragonfly female overmature on Blackberry stem.jpg

A male Common Darter Dragonfly surveying the surroundings from the tip of a cut stinging nettle.


Ref: DF3_20180915_1225_018 Common Darter Dragonfly male mature.jpg

05 Nov 2018

This is a montage of 5 images, at about half second intervals, of a 'knot' of Canada Geese winging their way. We watched quite a lot of these geese flying to the south of our patch, turning left (as you see here) and making a wide sweep to fly in the opposite direction north of our patch.
Is our 100m square a useful landmark for the airborne?


Ref: DF3_20180915_0707_053-060 10 Canada Geese flying in close formation 01+04+08+11+15 of 16 (approx montage).jpg

One frame after the leftmost image in the montage, a closer look at the confusing line of Canada Geese.


Ref: DF3_20180915_0707_061 10 Canada Geese flying in close formation 16 of 16 (crop).jpg

Only later when counting the Canada Geese for the file title did we notice that one of the birds (second from the left) was in fact a Barnacle Goose.


Ref: DF3_20180915_0709_187 11 Canada Geese + 1 Barnacle Goose flying in skein 02 of 17 (adjusted crop).jpg

A closer look at another frame shows the Barnacle Goose below one of the Canada Geese. This is our first sighting of a Barnacle Goose here.


Ref: DF3_20180915_0709_200 Barnacle Goose below Canada Goose in flight 15 of 17 (crop).jpg

04 Nov 2018

This Dandelion Clock sparkled in the hazy early morning sunshine. It was only when we looked at this pic on the PC screen that we realised that it was actually frosted. Air temperature was suddenly down to 5C was enough to warrant warm coats and over-trousers.


Ref: DF3_20180913_0703_026 Dandelion Clock with frost on it lit by rising sun (air temp 5C) (crop 2).jpg

A ground mist below a clear blue sky made for some interesting visions. Here the sunlight streams through the hedge trees creating 'star' beams that you sometimes see spread downwards in the sky, but this time sideways and even sloping 'upwards' as a perspective effect.


Ref: DF3_20180913_0658_013 Shafts of sunlight in mist at sunrise (crop).jpg

03 Nov 2018

A Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) holding a corn grain in it's paws, along with the Leopard slug below it. The Leopard slug to the right is from 3 days earlier (also with a less interesting mouse in the same place as this one so not shown) and was bigger and differently marked to the later individual.


Ref: E63_20180910_0140_406+20180907_2243_194_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) holding corn in paws + leopard Slug + another leopard slug (montage).jpg

From 14 images of Fieldmice (Wood Mice) over 3 days we build this little collection.


Ref: E63_20180913_0426_296_FB1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) assortment (montage).jpg

02 Nov 2018

This Buzzard glided silently overhead.


Ref: DF3_20180907_1640_049 Buzzard gliding overhead.jpg

The Red Kite flying into a headwind, flapping rather than a relaxed glide.


Ref: DF3_20180909_1217_018 Kite in flight.jpg

The Red Kite flying into a headwind, flapping rather than a relaxed glide, disappears behind the trees.


Ref: DF3_20180909_1217_049-051 Red Kite in flight against strong wind 3-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

01 Nov 2018

An extended visit by a Tawny Owl - the only visit in the week.
The divide at the top of the head looks wider than our normal visitor, but may be just moulting.


Ref: D01_20180910_0014_021-0037_052_FB6 Tawny Owl 24 minute to Meadow Post 01+04-06+10+12 of 12 (montage).jpg

 


 

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