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30 Apr 2019

A light twig for this rook flying up to his nest top right. This is alternate frames originally at about 5 fps, so this is about 2 seconds of flight.

Ref: DF5_20190401_0935_044-052 Rook flying to nest in Black Poplar carrying Willow twig with catkins 1+3+5+7+9 of 9 (accurate montage @5fps).jpg

The 'even' numbered frames that would fit between the last 3 bird images in the montage above.
They are separated out rather than overlapping the images or spreading them out.

Ref: DF5_20190401_0935_049+051 Rook flying to nest in Black Poplar carrying Willow twig with catkins 6+8 of 9 (accurate montage).jpg

A Rook carrying his latest piece of 'timber' to reinforce the nest.

Ref: DF5_20190401_1402_009-012 Rook in flight carrying nesting material 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage).jpg

29 Apr 2019

A Barn owl makes a visit to the meadow post, gracing us with it's delicate plumage.

Ref: D01_20190331_2312_023-2319_043_FB6 Barn Owl 8 minute visit to meadow post 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

"I'm sure this branch was upright when I landed on it"

Ref: DF3_20190329_0645_033 Carrion Crow weight bending branch through 90 degrees.jpg

28 Apr 2019

A Female Blackbird loads up on nest building material.

Ref: DF3_20190329_0935_093 Blackbird on pollarded Willow with beakful of nesting.jpg

Another sighting of a male Yellowhammer on the uncultivated strip to our South. Here he is foraging on what would seem to us to be a unpromising sea of waste tarmac used as turning area at the corner of the Farm Road.

Ref: DF5_20190330_0609_012 Yellowhammer male on turning area by Farm Road.jpg

A rare visitor here, we last saw a Reed Bunting 3 years ago.

Ref: E62_20190402_1231_111_FB5 Reed Bunting female (1st sighting since 2016).jpg

27 Apr 2019

2 Goldfinches making the most of the Black-Poplar Catkins. There were several Goldfinches coming and going in the trees.

Ref: DF3_20190329_0924_066 2 Goldfinches feeding on Black Poplar Catkins.jpg

Down our access track at least 90 year old Black Poplars each year make their Catkins and drop a slippery carpet of them on the concrete below. Seen close-up they are very pretty. The leaves don't emerge for some weeks after the Catkins are finished.

Ref: DF3_20190329_0909_041 Black Poplar Catkin (about 5cm long) fallen onto concrete track below.jpg

26 Apr 2019

The Trail-cams record Badger visits most nights, but most of them are blurry messes of no more than 'its a Badger' interest. But here what must be different individuals visit the high quality photo sites, this one in the meadow ...

Ref: E62_20190330_0127_094_FB5 Badger.jpg

A 'rough and tumble' on the mound, together with the ever hopeful interloper.

Ref: BU2_20190329_0016_167-0139_189_SC7 2 Badgers Frolicking with occasional third over 80 minutes 1-6 of 6 (montage).jpg

This pair of Badgers seems to be having a wonderful rough-and-tumble on the slope of the mound.

Ref: BU2_20190401_0011_099+0013_105+0014_106_SC7 2 Badgers frolicking on mound 1-3 of 3 (impression montage).jpg

25 Apr 2019

This Jackdaw on 'final approach" catches the evening sunlight in has black but shiny underwings.

Ref: D01_20190328_1704_041_FB6 Jackdaw aerobraking to land on Meadow post.jpg

"I was Here" - Rook style.

Ref: D01_20190331_1755_004_FB6 Rook calling from Meadow post.jpg

24 Apr 2019

Several sightings this week of 3 Badgers together on the mound.

Ref: BU2_20190327_0314_502_SC7 3 Badgers on Round Mound.jpg

We interpret this as a pair of Badgers 'getting in the mood' while a third was trying to inveigle itself into the party.

Ref: BU2_20190327_0315_505-0318_523_SC7 2 Badgers Frolicking with occasional third over 8 minutes 1-6 of 7 (montage).jpg

23 Apr 2019

Heron flies overhead.
We see far fewer Herons now that the Frogs and Newts have ceased visiting the ponds to breed. Amphibians are having a terrible time worldwide.

Ref: DF3_20190326_0832_155 Heron flying overhead (crop 1).jpg

Eyes of Herons sometimes appear almost unreal.

Ref: DF3_20190326_0832_155 Heron flying overhead (crop 2).jpg

22 Apr 2019

An apparently very early sighting of a Holly Blue Butterfly in late March.

Ref: DF3_20190325_1530_077 Holly Blue Butterfly male (1st of 2019) (crop).jpg

The Holly Blue Butterfly seemed reluctant to open his wings so we could be sure of the sex, but finally HE did.

Ref: DF3_20190325_1533_104 Holly Blue Butterfly male (1st of 2019) (crop).jpg

21 Apr 2019

These tiny white flowers are some sort of Chickweed.
The flowers are only about 5mm across (one fifth of an inch) - it is easy not to even notice them.

Ref: DF3_20190325_1221_022 Chickweed flowers (about 5mm across) among Red Dead nettle.jpg

Primroses positively shine in the sunshine.

Ref: DF3_20190325_1227_035 Primroses near house.jpg

This pretty flower is widely know as both Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) and Cuckoo Flower. This is our first sighting this year - over the next few weeks we expect masses of these flowers in and around the main pond.

Ref: DF3_20190325_1235_061 Ladys Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (Cuckoo Flower) 1st of 2019.jpg

20 Apr 2019

High in this tree this female Chaffinch looks quite atypical when you can't see the wing pattern on her flanks.

Ref: D72_20190324_1528_005 Chaffinch female.jpg

A female Chaffinch looking really sweet in the lichen.

Ref: DF3_20190326_1036_175 Chaffinch female in Lichen covered Rowan tree.jpg

19 Apr 2019

A Tawny Owl makes a swooping landing to settle on the perch.

Ref: E60_20190323_2151_053_FB3 Tawny Owl 2 visits to kitchen window perch 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

A detail shows the top edge of the wing with soft feathers to cut down wind noise. Owls are famed for their Silent Flight.

Ref: E60_20190323_2151_053_FB3 Tawny Owl 2 visits to kitchen window perch 3 of 4 (detail of soft edge of wing).jpg

A few minutes on the Meadow post for the Tawny Owl.

Ref: D01_20190326_2147_031-2150_039_FB6 Tawny Owl 5 minute visit to Meadow Post 1-5 of 6 (montage).jpg

18 Apr 2019

The lower Rook had made 2 quiet passes to the nest we see on the left to steal nesting material for his own. The third pass was rudely interrupted by the arrival of the rightful owner (flying right to left at nest height) while the thief made a hasty exit downwards complete with his booty.

Ref: DF3_20190323_1246_056-060 Rook arriving back at nest chases away pilfering neighbour 1-5 of 5 (accurate montage).jpg

A pair of Rooks continuing their irregular courtship feeds.

Ref: DF3_20190326_0830_128 Rooks courtship feeding 5 of 8 (crop).jpg

"Bring me back some soft bedding from the furniture shop ..."

Ref: DF3_20190326_1037_179 Rook with beakful of nesting material.jpg

"... and pop into the timber merchants for some wood."
"Yes dear"

Ref: BU5_20190326_1000_474_SC1 Rook at Round Pond carrying twig.jpg

17 Apr 2019

This Yellowhammer is on a disused concrete track.
We love that slightly quirky but powerful beak.

Ref: df3_20190323_0916_045 yellowhammer male.jpg

A Tree Sparrow decorating, or being decorated by, Blossom.
A study in Brown and white

Ref: DF3_20190325_1202_002 Tree Sparrow in Cherry Blossom (crop 2).jpg

16 Apr 2019

A Wren outside the living room.

Ref: DF1_20190322_1133_011+014+020 Wren in Hedge top at living room 1-3 of 5 (montage).jpg

This Dunnock was fluttering her (?) wings in the top of the hedge, and we expected a male to visit and courtship feed her. But he didn't.

Ref: DF3_20190326_0832_145+148+151 Dunnock fluttering wings in hedge top 1+2+6 of 6 (montage).jpg

15 Apr 2019

A midday walk found this 'end' of a Grey Squirrel tail lying in the middle of our concrete access track. The centre of the tail break shows slightly bloody break. We didn't give much chance of the Squirrel having survived the encounter, but next afternoon the woodland camera caught this tail-tip-less Squirrel apparently not a great deal worse for wear. A couple of other sightings ensued.

Ref: DF3_20190321_1238_010+E64_20190322_1616_089_FB2 Grey Squirrel third of tail left on concrete track + Squirrel with a third of tail lost (montage).jpg

'Biting off more than 'he' can chew?'
This is a Grey Squirrel - they don't know when to give up!

Ref: E64_20190322_0759_060_FB2 Grey Squirrel dragging away Fir cone.jpg

14 Apr 2019

An unexpected sighting of a truly 'blonde' male Pheasant. Not mature enough to be the one that became the dominant bird a few years ago, this may be his son. This has been our only sighting so far.

Ref: E63_20190317_1640_232_FB1 Pheasant male with very light plumage.jpg

13 Apr 2019

This Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn was first spotted through the window at a stepping stone path near the garage. The creatures tiny hooves are hidden below the level of the slab nearer the camera. You can see a trace of the 'Bambi' markings.

Ref: DF3_20190315_1309_033 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn browsing near garage 2 of 5 (crop).jpg

The photographer quietly stepping outside and with the Fawn moving into the sunlight, bagged some clearer pics. It didn't seem to notice the photographer at all, but something further up the orchard path disturbed the little creature and it leapt away out of sight.

Ref: DF3_20190315_1311_066+069-071 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn browsing then startled by event behind and leaping away 4-7 of 7 (impression montage).jpg

The 3rd frame from the above montage in much more detail.

Ref: DF3_20190315_1311_070 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn browsing then startled by event behind and leaping away 6 of 7 (crop).jpg

12 Apr 2019

A Rook arrives at the meadow post with a beakful of 'something' for the nest.

Ref: D01_20190314_1522_016_FB6 Rook with beakful of nesting material about to land on Meadow post (crop).jpg

Huge Beak, tiny berry!

Ref: D36_20190315_1546_046_FB4 Rook picking up Blueberry.jpg

11 Apr 2019

A male Chaffinch with almost perfect blue coating on his beak. You can see the edge of the coating top and bottom near the tip of the beak.

Ref: D36_20190313_1738_013_FB4 Chaffinch male showing edge of blue beak coating.jpg

We haven't found the Wren's nest yet, but there is obviously one somewhere at the north side of the house. This through the North facing living room window as the Wren collects soft moss to build the nest.

Ref: DF1_20190316_1707_001-009 Wren in hedge with beak carrying moss for nest 2+4+1 of 4 (mirror montage).jpg

A Robin singing his little heart out is framed by Cherry Blossom.

Ref: DF3_20190320_1529_135 Robin singing in cherry blossom.jpg

10 Apr 2019

We capture just the one frame of this Tawny Owl just a few centimetres above the perch outside the kitchen window, arriving 2 hours after midnight.

Ref: E60_20190308_0157_013_FB3 Tawny Owl about to land on Kitchen window perch (crop 1).jpg

A more 'compact' view of the landing Tawny Owl with a good view of the muddy feet.

Ref: E60_20190308_0157_013_FB3 Tawny Owl about to land on Kitchen window perch (crop 2).jpg

09 Apr 2019

Norway Spruce is what is known as a 'Christmas Tree' in the UK. Planted soon after we arrived it now produces masses of fir cones we collect up and put out for the animals.

Ref: DF3_20190311_0703_022 Norway Spruce cones on tree about 30 years old.jpg

Grey Squirrels enjoy the seed cones from Norway Spruce, often taking them away to somewhere convenient.

Ref: E64_20190312_1620_077_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying off whole fir cone.jpg

Here a Grey Squirrel has chosen the protecting slate on top of one of our outside camera boxes to rip to shreds a Norway Spruce fir cone to eat the seeds. This seems to have been a particularly thorough destruction.

Ref: DF3_20190314_1457_023 Debris from Grey Squirrel ripping apart fir cone (crop).jpg

08 Apr 2019

Rooks Courtship feeding at the nest. The gales have so far failed to dislodge any of the very exposed nests.

Ref: DF3_20190313_0839_031+035+038 Rooks Courtship feeding at nest 1-3 of 3 (montage over 1+half seconds).jpg

07 Apr 2019

In late morning the sun now reaches a decent height, so the centre of the rainbow is well below the horizon. The rainbow is caught as two adjoining frames, with the bird added at a different focal length from two frames later. But the kite was flying over the bow as you see here.

Ref: DF3_20190313_1048_053+054+056 Rainbow to north west with Red Kite (accurate montage for wide angle + bird).jpg

06 Apr 2019

The Tawny owl about to land on the meadow post. It looks a bit like a bad landing and the bird may have gone round to try again before the camera flash could re-charge.

Ref: D01_20190313_2211_055_FB6 Tawny Owl 3 visits to Meadow post (1frame+6mins+3mins) 2 of 6 (crop).jpg

Do you like our Owl? (Quote from the movie 'Blade Runner')
But there is nothing 'artificial' about ours!
As far as we can see this was an unbroken stay of 54 minutes.

Ref: D01_20190313_0435_065-0524_156_FB6 Tawny Owl 54 minute visit to Meadow post 1-8 of 8 (montage in natural order).jpg

05 Apr 2019

We expected the gales to bring down one or more Rook's nests, but they have so far all survived. But inside the woodland this at least year old Squirrel Drey hit the ground remarkably intact. It was bigger than we had imagined - see size 8 UK shoe for scale. Turning it over reveals a lovely soft and snug lining.

Ref: DF3_20190311_1607_043+1608_049 Squirrel Drey blown down by gale 1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg

One of our many Grey squirrel looking longingly at the kitchen window - perhaps trying to 'will us' out with some food.

Ref: E60_20190312_1456_017_FB3 Grey Squirrel facing camera with paws crossed over chest.jpg

04 Apr 2019

One of the characteristics of Ash trees is the clumps of seeds they produce, taking the name 'Keys' (so called because they look like old fashioned keys hanging in a bunch on a wire ring). The seeds have a single wing and spin as they fall, also giving them the name 'Spinners'

Ref: DF3_20190311_0704_032 Ash Tree Seeds - these single winged bunches are called Keys.jpg

Cherry Blossom in Japan may be fantastic, but we think the UK blossom is beautiful in a quieter way.

Ref: DF3_20190311_1036_001 Cherry Blossom twig against blue sky (crop).jpg

03 Apr 2019

A Rook stops off on the phone cable lit by the orange rising sun.

Ref: DF3_20190308_0654_007 Rook on Telephone cable lit by rising run.jpg

Grubs Up! This Rook gets early access to the freshly baited tree-stump.

Ref: D36_20190310_1511_063_FB4 Rook feeding on tree-stump.jpg

On this day a gale is blowing and there is hardly a bird to be seen - they have found sheltered spots where they can wait for the wind to abate.
This Rook on the ground by the hedge is atypical - if they are on the ground you expect them to be actively feeding rather than sitting out a storm.

Ref: DF3_20190311_1041_024 Rook sheltering from gale at base of hedge.jpg

02 Apr 2019

At our northern boundary this male Reeve's Muntjac Deer (right) was between the outer and inner hedges, looking at us with suspicion. He seemed to move left through the hedge and on the other side we saw a Deer again (left). Only later did we discover that this was the female so we assume that they must have been wandering over the site together.

Ref: DF3_20190309_0957_050+1000_060 Muntjac Reeves Deer doe (left) and male on each side of north inner hedge 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

From inside the kitchen we watched this male Reeves Muntjac Deer quietly feeding on the grass at the pond edge.

Ref: DF3_20190319_1216_109 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at main pond 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

01 Apr 2019

What's up there then?
We couldn't see anything above the robin in the original camera frame.

Ref: E63_20190305_0714_092_FB1 Robin looking upwards.jpg

The Robins now move towards us as we walk about - normally at most 4 at a time when we are at one of their territorial boundaries.

Ref: DF3_20190308_0944_020 Robin calling from hedge.jpg



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