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31 Mar 2019

A bit of Courtship feeding high up in the Black Poplar tree. Males feed the females to demonstrate that they will be able to provide for the youngsters, and of course help her make 'his' eggs.

Ref: DF3_20190304_0936_029+055+061 Rooks at nest courtship feeding over 4 seconds 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

One of the many pairs of Rook flew together to land on the 11kV cables, one carrying a large clump of some sort of soft vegetation intended for nest lining. But the lump is so big the jerk of landing shook half it free and it dropped to the ground. The remainder got taken off to the nest, but from our vantage point outside our patch, we never saw which nest it was.

Ref: DF3_20190304_1543_078-087 Rook pair land on 11kV cables carrying bedding but some falls 01+03+05+09+10 of 12 (montage).jpg

30 Mar 2019

The abnormally warm patch of late winter weather has coaxed several ground-level wild flowers into their first showing of the year

Ref: DF3_20190304_0933_008 Red Dead-nettle (1st of 2019).jpg

The abnormally warm patch of late winter weather has coaxed several ground-level wild flowers into their first showing of the year

Ref: DF3_20190304_0933_010 Groundsel flowers (1st of 2019).jpg

The abnormally warm patch of late winter weather has coaxed several ground-level wild flowers into their first showing of the year

Ref: DF3_20190305_1229_137 Speedwell Persian (Veronica Persica) (1st of 2019).jpg

29 Mar 2019

Just one close encounter with a Red Kite this week.

Ref: DF3_20190302_1040_047 Red Kite turning head in gliding flight 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

Just one close encounter with a Red Kite this week.

Ref: DF3_20190302_1040_047-049 Red Kite turning head in gliding flight 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage).jpg

Just one close encounter with a Red Kite this week.

Ref: DF3_20190302_1041_072 Red Kite turning head in gliding flight 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

28 Mar 2019

Shortly before midnight the little Reeve's Muntjac Deer family make a group visit to the end of the orchard but soon move on down the path (upper left).

Ref: BU6_20190228_2315_116+120_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer Mother + Fawn + Father together 2+6 of 9 (montage).jpg

2 days after seeing the Reeve's Muntjac family in the orchard, here they are a little less tightly grouped walking past Round pond. On the left is the Fawn partly obscured by the Daffodils, along with mother, and within one minute we see Dad with his little sharp antlers.

Ref: BU5_20190302_1814_733+1813_732+1814_736_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn + Mother + Father within 1 minute 2+1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg

The Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn stick close to Mum at the beginning of the night.

Ref: BU2_20190304_1758_109+110_SC7 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn and Doe 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

27 Mar 2019

The Pair of Rooks that 'own' the one surviving nest from last year are taking the business of 'refurbishment' really seriously. This arriving bird, with beak full of nest lining, is flying in to the nest where 'his' partner is already on the nest.
A not quite 'accurate' montage and with a few twig 'anomalies' but true to the event.

Ref: DF3_20190227_1021_141+1022_142 Rook carrying nesting material to partner in nest in Black Poplar Tree 3+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

There are now 4 Rook nests being built in Black Poplar tree nearest the house. Here one of the more experienced birds makes sure all the others know that it is guarding THIS pile of sticks!

Ref: DF3_20190227_1024_157 Rook calling next to partially built nest.jpg

26 Mar 2019

One of the Blue Tits caught exiting, with lovely shadow against the front of the box.

Ref: DF3_20190226_1256_065 Blue Tit flying from Nest Box on Ash tree with bird shadow on box front (crop).jpg

Here a complete Blue Tit exit at about 7fps - it is obviously cleaning out the box.

Ref: DF3_20190226_1256_080-082 Blue Tit flying from Nest Box on Ash tree while clearing box 1+2-3 (accurate) of 3 (montage).jpg

25 Mar 2019

Outside the window we see 'steam' from the beak of this singing Dunnock. The morning is cold and very still (wind free).
We thought there must be a proper name for the 'steam' and 'plumes of breath' we use here because it much more obvious in humans. It is obviously not 'steam' even if it looks a bit like it, but you can't really call it fog or mist either. A hole in the English vocabulary.

Ref: E65_20190226_0833_018+020+021 Dunnock singing in hedge on cold morning with plumes of breath vapour 4+6+7 of 7 (montage).jpg

24 Mar 2019

This pristine Badger makes it's way across the site, heading right for the mound where we will see 2 Badgers about 2 hours later.
An unusually clear view of the front claws.

Ref: E64_20190227_0118_067_FB2 Badger (crop).jpg

This pair of Badgers seem to be enjoying a major 'frolic'.
The Ref: field explains the order.

Ref: BU2_20190227_0257_451+0258_458+0301_465+0302_466_SC7 Badger pair on mound 01=top+05=botmid+09=right+10=left of 11 (montage).jpg

23 Mar 2019

The mother Reeve's Muntjac Deer walks quietly past the main pond, followed by her tiny Fawn. She looks back to check that the youngster is following before walking out of frame.

Ref: BU5_20190223_1819_562-564_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer Doe and Fawn 7-9 of 9 (IR montage).jpg

As the cameraman walks up the side of the house a Squirrel unexpectedly leaps away into a bit of hedge, and immediately the Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn comes leaping out the other way to scamper across the front of the house into the woodland. Here the frightened little creature looks back to see if it is being followed.
After dark the CCTV relayed several minutes of continuous Deer barks - we assume that Mum came back to find her 'parked' Fawn gone, and started calling to find it.

Ref: DF3_20190227_1549_206 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn after been startled away by Grey Squirrel leaping.jpg

22 Mar 2019

The Grey Squirrel scurries by, sending the ground debris flying, watched by the male Pheasant in high dudgeon. All that Testosterone boiling over turns a run-for-it creature into a stalwart of determination

Ref: E64_20190221_0855_003_FB2 Grey Squirrel kicking up debris as it runs past aggressive Pheasant male.jpg

The Grey Squirrels are all making the most of the Willow catkins. At the back of the main pond, viewed in very poor light after sunset, this Grey Squirrel clambers up a vertical willow stem which bends right over. The Squirrel started to feed, but the oscillating branch makes it lose footing and it falls to the ground about 3 metres below, out of our sight. Wondering if it might be hurt, a minute later it climbs the same twig again. This time it stops above the catkin laden section, bites through the wood to free about 40cm of catkins, climbs back up the stem and then down to the stump of this pollarded willow to eat the prize.
Don't ever tell us that many animals can't plan intelligent strategies!

Ref: DF1_20190227_1734_010-1736_035 Grey squirrel falls from bent Willow stem + return & bites off end to eat on stump 02+08+13+16 of 16 (montage).jpg

21 Mar 2019

A Buff-tailed Bumble Bee enjoys feeding on the Viburnum flowers.

Ref: DF3_20190221_1247_004 Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) on Viburnum flower.jpg

The female Brimstone butterfly was also enjoying the Viburnum flowers. In flight she did not show the vivid yellow on the top of the wings that the male sports.
When we reported this sighting to 'Natures Calendar' for 21 Feb it was said to be 'earlier than expected'. We looked through our 20 years of photos and indeed have only a single record for mid-March and otherwise all April or May. Ask for more details if you would find them useful.

Ref: DF3_20190221_1248_011 Brimstone Butterfly female feeding on Viburnum flower (1st of 2019).jpg

20 Mar 2019

We have Rooks now in constant attendance, the birds are obviously 'pairing up' ready to start breeding.

Ref: DF3_20190219_0931_018+0930_006+0931_020 Rook perched on Telephone cable 2+1+3 of 3 (montage).jpg

There are 4 nests in the Black Poplar tree nearest the house. Last year's single survivor is now being refurbished - this bird is carrying a substantial twig to add to the existing tangle.

Ref: DF3_20190224_0906_119 Rook carrying stick to nest.jpg

The newest of the 4 nests in the Black Poplar tree nearest the house is being constructed by an obviously inexperienced pair that have yet to learn how to manage the sticks, or make them stay in place. We keep seeing their attempts as a few sticks appear and then there are none again. Here we have Stick in beak, Stick in beak the other way, stick held by one claw, stick falls and lands on concrete track beneath as we watched.
Oh well - try again.
A week later they have a small pad of sticks that at last seems to be stable.

Ref: DF3_20190224_1303_181-1304_185 Rook struggling with 60cm twig traps it with feet but finally drops it 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

19 Mar 2019

A day of heavy rain doesn't put the 'dampers' on the Carrion Crows.
As this Carrion Crow flies in to the post you can see water splashing above it's head.

Ref: D01_20190218_1450_040+1451_041_FB6 Carrion Crow landing on meadow post in heavy rain (montage).jpg

5 minutes later what is probably the same crow, still in the rain, looks to see what food the rain might have forced up out of the mud.
The camera window is splashed with rain - hence the blurry patches.

Ref: E62_20190218_1455_030_FB5 Carrion Crow in rain.jpg

18 Mar 2019

A Grey squirrel enjoys a piece of Banana peel, oblivious to the glowing sunset behind.

Ref: E64_20190214_1700_045_FB2 Grey Squirrel nibbling Banana skin at sunset (adjusted crop).jpg

Here you see how well a Grey squirrel is camouflaged when it lurks on a tree-trunk.

Ref: DF3_20190221_1601_007 Grey squirrel hiding motionless while waiting for food to appear.jpg

17 Mar 2019

We love the control that birds have on their feathers, lifting and flattening as they choose.

Ref: E63_20190215_1542_098_FB1 Pheasant male with feathers plumped up.jpg

Our male Pheasant calls at irregular intervals throughout the day.

Ref: E64_20190220_1627_080_FB2 Pheasant male with iridescent back and breast.jpg

16 Mar 2019

A male Chaffinch showing the first traces of the Blue coating on his beak - getting ready to breed.

Ref: E62_20190217_1627_146_FB5 Chaffinch male with trace of blue starting on beak.jpg

15 Mar 2019

A pair of Mallard ducks visit the meadow feeding site, still wet from whichever pond they have been dabbling in.

Ref: E62_20190216_0827_091_FB5 Mallard Duck pair.jpg

A pair of Mallard ducks visit the meadow feeding site, still wet from whichever pond they have been dabbling in.

Ref: E62_20190216_0829_092_FB5 Mallard Duck pair.jpg

This pair of Mallard Ducks stayed for hours, the female feeding far more than the male.

Ref: D5C_20190218_0942_005 Mallard duck male guarding feeding female.jpg

14 Mar 2019

A tiny Crocus that the Squirrels have missed, hiding at the edge of a pot with water drops clinging to the tips of the leaves.

Ref: DF3_20190215_1100_031 Crocus miniature at edge of pot still wet with dew.jpg

A Pair of obviously cultivated Crocuses look up at us - or more likely the sunshine. They 'close' at night - this is as open as they get.

Ref: DF3_20190225_1239_014 2 Purple Crocuses on bank of Duck Pond.jpg

13 Mar 2019

As the sun rises we catch this absurdly beautiful little Reeve's Muntjac Fawn photographing itself at the edge of the frame. We can't say that we had noticed an obviously pregnant doe.

Ref: E64_20190216_0709_088_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn (edge of frame) (crop).jpg

7 hours later we catch the fawn following Mum along the bottom of the mound.

Ref: BU2_20190216_1353_468_SC7 Muntjac Reeves Deer mother and Fawn (adjusted crop).jpg

Next day from the house we see the female Reeve's Muntjac Deer quietly browsing by a dense patch of Snowdrops on the other side of the pond. At that time we didn't know about a Fawn, and she would have been below the bank anyway.

Ref: DF1_20190217_1208_002 Muntjac Reeves Deer Doe with Snowdrops (crop).jpg

12 Mar 2019

This Tawny owl landed on the kitchen window bird table, catching this single frame before the bird flew off.

Ref: E60_20190211_2123_008_FB3 Tawny Owl standing on Kitchen bird table (crop 1).jpg

"I See You".
A 'zoom' in on the Tawny Owl image above - those fantastic eyes are so big that owls can barely move them, and rely on their wonderful necks to steer their vision.

Ref: E60_20190211_2123_008_FB3 Tawny Owl standing on Kitchen bird table (crop 2).jpg

11 Mar 2019

This Chinook Helicopter thudded it's way overhead, leaving a few visible vapour trail arcs behind it, something we don't remember seeing before. The Vapour trail follows the tips of the revolving blades. Looking upward, anticlockwise at the back, and clockwise at the front mostly swept away by the rear blades. More info, a movie, and other peoples pics at

Ref: DF3_20190211_1302_067 Helicopter Chinook showing Wing tip vortices.jpg

10 Mar 2019

First landing at a tree-stump in the woodland 70m from this post (head out of original shot and not included here) the Buzzard arrived at this post and stayed here for a few minutes. Left and centre images are about half a second apart.

Ref: D01_20190211_1614_019+020+1615_022_FB6 Buzzard flies from tree-stump to Meadow post 2-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

09 Mar 2019

As the afternoon light fades, the camera flash shows us this vivid male Pheasant, with breast feathers showing as an iridescent purple.

Ref: E63_20190207_1553_041_FB1 Pheasant male head and shoulder plumage detail inc purple breast.jpg

08 Mar 2019

A Visit by the Buzzard starts with a wings-spread arrival, both Alula (anti-stall feathers sticking up half-way along the wing) fully extended for the slow approach.

Ref: D01_20190209_0935_031_FB6 Buzzard landing on Meadow post (crop).jpg

Just half a second later what a different view. The Rook has appeared from 'nowhere' to try to see-off the Buzzard, but is not successful ...

Ref: D01_20190209_0935_032_FB6 Buzzard lands on post and Rook immediately tries to chase it away (crop).jpg

... because the Buzzard then spent 6 minutes in watchful contemplation.

Ref: D01_20190209_0938_039-0940_045_FB6 Buzzard on Meadow post for 6 minutes 3+4+1+2 of 4 (montage).jpg

07 Mar 2019

A female Reeve's Muntjac Deer calls into the night. We thought only the males called, but a check (i.e. Google search :-( ) finds that females do call for males! Next night we see a female pattering by with a very interested male in gentle pursuit.

Ref: BU5_20190209_1940_489+20190210_1824_664_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer female calling & 1 day later persued by male (montage).jpg

Earlier on the second afternoon above, this lovely male Reeve's Muntjac Deer stands quietly in the dappled light from the lowering sun through the adjacent hedge.

Ref: DF3_20190210_1548_006 Muntjac Reeves Deer male standing on field margin in sunlight dappled by hedge.jpg

2 hours later he visits the hedge bottom camera site, before being photographed pursuing the doe at Round pond.

Ref: E63_20190210_1744_174_FB1 Muntjac Reeves Deer male at stone.jpg

The night after his assignation with the female, the male Reeve's Muntjac Deer trots (or whatever this gait is called) through the woodland.

Ref: E64_20190211_1755_049_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male (crop).jpg

06 Mar 2019

Spotting some Long-tail Tits on the peanut feeder outside the Window, all stop for a bit of bird watching of these lovely little birds flitting between a bramble infested Buddleia and this feeder. Here are 8 of these birds crammed into the squirrel proof cage.

Ref: E65_20190203_1533_006 8 Long-tailed Tits crammed into single peanut feeder.jpg

As the Long-tailed Tits flitted between peanut feeder and brambles, we got this chance for an image of one not 'behind bars'.

Ref: E65_20190203_1533_015 Long-tailed Tit on Blackberry stem growing through yellow Buddleia.jpg

05 Mar 2019

An hour before midnight this handsome Brock shuffles and snuffles over a likely area to find food.

Ref: E64_20190131_2321_051_FB2 Badger.jpg

For half an hour this pair of Badgers wandered over the mound, rubbing and sniffing each other.

Ref: BU2_20190205_0308_338+0336_351+0308_340_SC7 Badger pair interactive over 30 minutes (montage).jpg

04 Mar 2019

We watched this Buzzard skimming low over the Wheat crop perhaps 200m from us (there are aerodynamic advantages to flying low over ground or water) before using the bird's speed to rise up and land on the top of this hedge (about 2m high) to survey the scene.

Ref: DF3_20190203_1551_013-022 Buzzard flying up after skimming crop lands in hedge top 1-10 of 10 (1-3 acc then spread montage).jpg

A Red Kite flies by, apparently giving us a suspicious look.

Ref: DF3_20190202_1224_023 Red Kite gliding.jpg

03 Mar 2019

A bit of a squabble between these two Robins - the claws don't seem to be 'out in earnest'. Possible a potential pair trying to get used to having another Robin in their territory.

Ref: E64_20190131_1327_031_FB2 Robins squabbling in flight (crop).jpg

As the breeding season approaches, Robins lie in wait for us in the hope (normally fulfilled) of a scattering of corn.

Ref: DF3_20190202_1013_012+014 Robin on twig 1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg

As the breeding season approaches, Robins lie in wait for us in the hope (normally fulfilled) of a scattering of corn.

Ref: DF3_20190202_1016_020 Robin perched on top of vertical cut blackthorn twig (crop 1).jpg

A detail of the above showing this Robin using a Blackthorn 'thorn' to take his weight, while wrapping the other claw round the stem to provide stability.

Ref: DF3_20190202_1016_020 Robin perched on top of vertical cut blackthorn twig (crop 2 claw detail).jpg

02 Mar 2019

A male Pheasant with frost over back and tail, visits near sunrise.

Ref: E63_20190131_0808_013_FB1 Pheasant male with frosty back and tail at sunrise.jpg

Here is the Tree-stump at the end of Thursday and first visitor on Friday morning. The east wind (from behind the camera) has stuck the snow on to the side this quite smooth wood.

Ref: D36_20190131_1703_029+20190201_0704_030_FB4 Robin on tree-stump before & after overnight wind-blown snow 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

01 Mar 2019

A moment when the surface of the Round Pond is unblemished catches these reflections of the setting-sun lit trees.

Ref: BU5_20190128_1551_068_SC1 Round Pond with evening sun streaking across (adjusted crop).jpg

All the ponds are frozen over, but nowhere is the ice thick enough to 'walk' on.

Ref: BU5_20190203_1400_054_SC1 Grey Squirrels (1 digging up daffodils) by frozen Round Pond.jpg



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