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28 Feb 2021

The local female Kestrel on one of her favourite perches. We think she must have just had a feed - feather maintenance was the order of the day.

Ref: DF3_20210128_1009_014+017 Kestrel female preening on telephone pole footrest 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

A glance at the Pesky Human - Oh its THEM - nothing to worry about ...

Ref: DF3_20210128_1010_021+022+024 Kestrel female perched on telephone pole footrest 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

... so back to the preening.

Ref: DF3_20210128_1011_026-1012_037 Kestrel female preening on telephone pole footrest 1+2+4+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

27 Feb 2021

A bit of sunshine and blue sky brought along this Red Kite who flew almost over as they flew in from the SW and turned to go off to the SE. A pick from 65 pics at 10fps close spaced for effect.

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Two more moments from the Red-Kite flyover

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Another irregular sighting of a Little Egret.
Here most of the feet are again black with mud, but this time the claw tips are clearly the yellow we expect for this species.

Ref: D73_20210131_1105_017-019 Little Egret flying over Leamington Farmhouse 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage @10fps).jpg

26 Feb 2021

Our resident browse-line maker seems to like this shrub, and carefully avoids the annoying spiky Blackberry stems growing up through the bush.

Ref: D73_20210203_0939_062-083 Muntjac Reeves Deer female eating shrub leaves avoiding blackberry thorns 1+4+9+9 of 9 (montage).jpg

4 hours later the local female Reeve's Muntjac Deer wanders through the woodland camera site.

Ref: E64_20210203_1318_148_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female visits to photo sites over 2 days 4 of 4 (orig & final).jpg

In just 40 minutes the 'resident' female Reeve's Muntjac Deer visits all 3 high resolution photo sites. A couple of days later she eats her way across the front garden oblivious to the cameraman.

Ref: E63_20210202_1642_092-D73_20210204_1248_004_FB1 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at 3 sites in 40mins + House 1-3 of 4 (montage).jpg

25 Feb 2021

Just before dawn the homeward bound fox has a last pass through the meadow.

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These 3 images of 2 foxes are all taken within a few seconds of one-another. We GUESS that's a male on the left making premature overtures to a female, but we could be entirely wrong.

Ref: BU8_20210121_1957_034-036 2 Foxes walk to edge of Duck pond and squabble1-3 of 3 (montage of a few seconds).jpg

Typically 5mm (1/4 inch) of rain is falling every day. The blocked ditch is overflowing into the farm land and this fox decides to jump over rather than paddle though half a metre of muddy water.

Ref: BU7_20210201_0950_004 Fox leaping over flooded ditch.jpg

24 Feb 2021

Having exhausted the easy-to-reach corn on the bird table above, The Grey Squirrel started 'burrowing' through the snow to reach the ground below where the Squirrel was finding things to eat hidden from view.

Ref: D5C_20210124_1229_040 Grey Squirrel digging through snow to find food.jpg

A Fox passes by the Duck-shaped Pond (on the right) checking the snow for something to eat.

Ref: BU8_20210125_0736_007+008+011+012 Fox walking on snow near Duck Pond 1-4 of 4 (approx montage).jpg

Magpies look quite weird in snow.

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A pair of Rooks quietly sharing some mixed corn unearthed from the snow.
Undoubtedly a 'pair'.

Ref: E6A_20210125_1602_049_FB5 Rook pair feeding together in snow (crop).jpg

23 Feb 2021

For a few hours there was a moderate fall of snow. While only a light dusting this Fox stops on our concrete access track

Ref: BU3_20210124_1002_048_SC6 Fox hunting on access track during start of snowfall.jpg

A Jackdaw braves the falling snow for a viewpoint to find something to eat.

Ref: D01_20210124_1027_336_FB6 Jackdaw on Meadow Post in falling snow.jpg

Inside the tree-sheltered woodland this small young Grey Squirrel has probably never seen ice or snow before.
"What the *&%^$ is this?"

Ref: BU5_20210124_1028_236_SC1 Grey Squirrel on snowy bank of frozen pond.jpg

On the exposed kitchen bird table this Grey Squirrel burrows beneath the falling snow to reach the corn placed there earlier.

Ref: E60_20210124_1051_021_FB3 Grey Squirrel finding corn under snow on bird table in falling snow (crop).jpg

22 Feb 2021

It is cold, and the Sparrowhawk is hungry.

Ref: E60_20210124_1413_034_FB3 Sparrowhawk landing on Kitchen perch in snow (crop 2).jpg

21 Feb 2021

A currently rare moment of sunshine illuminates the Dogwood at the rear of the main pond as this Wood Pigeon makes an elegant touchdown.

Ref: E60_20210122_0901_001_FB3 Wood Pigeon on kitchen bird table against sunlit Dogwood.jpg

At the moment any sunny morning will find one or more Grey Squirrels enjoying this sheltered tree-stump. These creatures seem to find the bark of this Pollarded Willow a desirable snack - like this moment here they will scape away at the top edge of the bark - the pale wood along the top edge shows where they have already been.

Ref: D5C_20210122_1127_018 Grey Squirrel scraping from pollarded willow 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

The ditch hasn't frozen because the run-off from seemingly endless rain keeps the water moving. Several creatures stop by to drink - this Fox turns to check out something back on the bank of the ditch.

Ref: BU7_20210126_0220_104 Fox at edge of flooded ditch.jpg

20 Feb 2021

The distance + poor light make it hard to identify what this Fox has caught to take home for Breakfast. Wrong colour for a Rabbit or Pigeon, too big for a rodent, so we guess a corvid of some sort.

Ref: BU8_20210123_0817_076 Fox carrying large prey in mouth.jpg

This Fox spent a few minutes investigating the main pond, but he was being watched from the island by a female Deer, and decided to depart.

Ref: DF5_20210123_0916_018 Muntjac Reeves Deer and fox face each other across main pond 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

Once the Fox had gone the Deer relaxed and stayed by the tree on the island for at least a couple of hours.
Muntjac Grooming Manual: Clean your hoof before using it to scratch your neck

Ref: DF5_20210123_0918_035+0919_044 Muntjac Reeves Deer cleaning rear hoof then scratching neck with it 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

We caught this en-deer-ing (sorry) moment before she settled down on the ground taking occasional mouthfuls of the 'weeds' around her.

Ref: D73_20210123_0934_012 Muntjac Reeves Deer female on Main pond island.jpg

19 Feb 2021

Female Blackbird demonstrates her 'The Exorcist' style twisting head movement.

Ref: E63_20210122_0748_146_FB1 Blackbird female looking upwards.jpg

A male Blackbird probes the snow where he knows that there might be some corn.

Ref: E6A_20210126_0721_056_FB5 Blackbird male feeding on snow.jpg

18 Feb 2021

The female Kestrel flies in to the Meadow Post carrying what looks like a Short-tailed Field Vole in her left claw. She didn't stay here to eat it.

Ref: D01_20210125_1403_047-048_FB6 Kestrel female lands on Meadow Post with Vole in claws as snow melts 1+2 of 2 (montage 400ms).jpg

The female Kestrel makes an almost 'bounce' visit to the meadow post.

Ref: D01_20210119_1238_017+20210121_1428_069_FB6 Kestrel female brief moments at Meadow Post 1+3 of 3 (impression montage).jpg

The female Kestrel spends hours on some days hunting over the grass margin outside our south hedge. Here she is watching us, but soon returns her gaze to the more important grass margin for her fill of worms and insect larvae.

Ref: D73_20210123_1254_032 Kestrel female on footrest of disused telephone pole.jpg

17 Feb 2021

Sitting in the living room we saw 'our' female Kestrel Whizz by the Window to loop round and perch on the Ash tree on the main pond island for a couple of minutes.

Ref: DF5_20210121_1441_011+013+1442_017 Kestrel female hunting from perch in Ash tree on Main pond island 1+2+3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Next morning we discovered that the female Kestrel had a few minutes earlier flown over the Kitchen Window Perch (left image below) and a few minutes later landed on the perch (right image below) presumably to hunt over the rough grass below.
So this montage isn't what it looks like!

Ref: E60_20210121_1444_008+1438_007_FB3 Kestrel female on Kitchen perch and flyby (montage).jpg

16 Feb 2021

A Great Tit (left) and Blue Tit quietly feeding together

Ref: E63_20210119_1044_063_FB1 Great Tit and Blue Tit feeding.jpg

18 Goldfinches visited this tree near the edge of the meadow.

Ref: D73_20210117_1215_047 18 Goldfinches arrayed in top of tree.jpg

17 of the goldfinches flew off together, but this one stayed on for a while.

Ref: D73_20210117_1217_060 Goldfinch (ID only).jpg

A Handsome male Chaffinch ignoring the tomato in favour of more nutritious fare. An overnight sleet shower has melted over most of the site, but for some reason stayed at the centre of the Meadow Camera target area.

Ref: E6A_20210116_0801_125_FB5 Chaffinch male in first smattering of sleet.jpg

15 Feb 2021

This beautiful quiet creature seems pretty much inured to our presence. Here she was browsing in a thicket, mainly eating leaves from the still active Blackberry plants.

Ref: DF3_20210116_1354_076 Muntjac Reeves Deer female in thicket near south hedge 2 of 3 (crop).jpg

After a few mouthfuls she moved over to having a little groom.

Ref: DF3_20210116_1354_078 Muntjac Reeves Deer female in thicket near south hedge 3 of 3 (crop 2).jpg

A few minutes later the female Reeve's Muntjac Deer grazes quietly on the limited grass at this site in the middle of the afternoon.

Ref: E6A_20210116_1403_186_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at meadow site 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

A male Reeve's Muntjac Deer stepping out of the flooded ditch. His little Antlers look particularly sharp and don't match the male's that we have been seeing up to now at the eastern camera.

Ref: BU7_20210118_2147_038 Muntjac Reeves Deer male crossing flooded ditch.jpg

14 Feb 2021

Rook activity is on the 'up'.
This one flew from the top of 'our' wooden electricity pole ...

Ref: DF3_20210116_1340_010+011+013+015 Rook launching from Wooden Power pole 1+2+4+6 of 6 (acc montage @7fps skipping frames).jpg

... to land on a vertical twig that immediately bent over by 90 degrees. You can see here that the bird has 2 twigs in the claws. One twig clearly could not have supported the birds weight, but catching 2 vertical stems simultaneously and bending them in synchrony really requires some wonderful flying skills. After a few calls the bird departed, leaving the twigs flailing about

Ref: DF3_20210116_1345_023 Rook calling then launching from bent over twig 01 of 15 (crop).jpg

The end of the birds flight that we saw accurately montaged at 7 fps.

Ref: DF3_20210116_1345_047-050 Rook calling then launching from bent over twig 12-15 of 15 accurate montage @7fps.jpg

13 Feb 2021

This Sparrowhawk makes a disappointed pass of the Kitchen bird-feeder complex.

Ref: E60_20210115_1428_011_FB3 Sparrowhawk flying over kitchen bird table (crop).jpg

12 Feb 2021

Here we see a pair of Badgers mating at the bottom of the mound at 5 a.m. while as completely dark as it gets here.
A description of where Badgers mate suggest that it is 'close to the Sett', but the only Sett we know of is several hundred metres away. Maybe there is something that we haven't found yet!

Ref: BU2_20210115_0458_140+142+143_SC7 Badgers mating on Round Mound 2+4+5 of 6 (spread montage).jpg

11 Feb 2021

Here you can see that the Deer's fur is drenched in what turned out to be a day of non-stop rain. The pools of water are in what constitutes our front driveway with the Deer's little hooves sinking into the saturated soil.

Ref: DF2_20210114_1019_014 Muntjac Reeves Deer female crossing flooded front drive.jpg

This fox paddles through the flooded ditch - several images at different times capture the Fox having a drink of the paddling water.

Ref: BU7_20210117_0530_143 Fox drinking from flooded ditch (crop).jpg

10 Feb 2021

A walk down to the north bridleway found a Buzzard perched on one of the 11kV crossbars, But while still 100m away the Buzzard departed. A local Rook took exception to the Buzzard and gave chase. The Rooks are not nest building yet, but Buzzards are a risk to Rook eggs and nestlings so it is never too early to start shooing them away.

Ref: D73_20210111_1409_011-013 Rook harassing Buzzard over field to north 1-3 of 3 (montage @10fps double spaced).jpg

Several sightings of a Buzzard on the 11kV crossbars along the north Bridleway. About 100m is about as close as we are allowed to get!

Ref: D73_20210115_1512_026 Buzzard on 11kV crossbar.jpg

This Buzzard visited our 'Meadow Post, for a short visit. It doesn't look like the Buzzard seen on the crossbars, but it's difficult to be sure.

Ref: D01_20210118_1442_029+030_FB6 Buzzard lands on Meadow Post 1+2 of 2 (montage over 400ms).jpg

09 Feb 2021

Over 2 days the automatic camera at this sight recorded the appearance of first 1 substantial Molehill, and then next night another perhaps half a metre away, burying the new placed stone in the process. The hills were just behind the IR trigger beam, so we see an assortment of the locals visiting the site. Unfortunately we never caught a pic of the little 'Gentleman in Velvet' who made the mounds.
Bottom left is our female Kestrel ...

Ref: E6A_20210108_1450_167-20210110_0902_274_FB5 Molehills forming over 2 days 01+04+06+08 of 10 (montage).jpg

... who had landed on the Meadow post a minute or two before or after the flight over the Molehill. All these pics have the same time stamps from different cameras, so we can't tell to the minute even which came first.

Ref: D01_20210109_1524_154+155_FB6+E6A_1524_259_FB5 Kestrel female lands on Meadow Post & attacks at FB5 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

08 Feb 2021

Two sightings of a Weasel about an hour apart, each time with a kill in the mouth. On the left, with the night frost still evident, we think she has taken some sort of 'Little Brown Bird', and on the right undoubtedly an unfortunate Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).
A versatile little predator!

Ref: E6A_20210108_0839_108+0953_115_FB5 Weasel carrying Bird (q) then Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) in mouth 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

07 Feb 2021

Our Apparently resident female Reeve's Muntjac Deer has made several appearances in the last few days, both for automatic cameras and right in front of yours truly.
Here she triggers the Meadow camera.

Ref: E6A_20210107_1145_028_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer female eating corn on frosty ground 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

Here we see her through the living room window on the other side of a really poor bit of hedging that is in shade almost all year.

Ref: D71_20210108_1224_014 Muntjac Reeves Deer female by hedge outside livingroom window 3 of 4 (crop).jpg

Ref: D71_20210108_1224_015 Muntjac Reeves Deer female by hedge outside livingroom window 4 of 4 (crop).jpg

Here she is at the Woodland camera site, licking up corn grain (amongst other stuff we prefer not to think about).

Ref: E64_20210108_1632_108_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female.jpg

06 Feb 2021

A day of never ending fog started with this brief appearance of the sun looking more like a bland moon.
At times of 'Solar Maximum' we would expect to see a few sunspots, but we are leaving a time of 'Solar Minimum' with very few spots to see, and we confirmed that there weren't any on this side of the sun when we took this photo.

Ref: D73_20210107_0935_010 Sun viewed through Fog.jpg

While out exchanging the camera cards on our twice weekly round, we noticed this thin crescent moon peeping through this lurid sunrise.
In line with 'Red Sky in Morning, Shepherd's warning' the following day was truly grim!

Ref: D73_20210111_0717_163 Moon in thin crescent rising through lurid dawn (crop).jpg

05 Feb 2021

As the sun lowers in the sky (not that it ever gets to any great height at the moment) this Buzzard makes a landing on the Meadow post, but doesn't stay. These two moments are less than half a second apart.

Ref: D01_20210106_1522_165+166_FB6 Buzzard (q) landing on meadow post 1+2 of 2 (montage over 400mS).jpg

"Behind you!"
This is the same pole that the Buzzard landed on, providing a size comparison

Ref: D01_20210105_1200_070_FB6 Wood Pigeon about to land by or on another at meadow post.jpg

04 Feb 2021

Stopping for a moment to watch the Kestrel on a distant post, this little creature quietly ambles towards us until a few metres away. She sees us, jumps for a moment, but then quietly turns, feeds a bit more, and wanders away.

Ref: D73_20210106_1249_059 Muntjac Reeves Deer female walking to camera.jpg

03 Feb 2021

This Tawny Owl lands at the kitchen window nicely in focus.

Ref: E60_20210105_0317_005_FB3 Tawny Owl landing on kitchen perch.jpg

02 Feb 2021

The local Polecat passes through the camera trap in the meadow.
Taken about 2 hours before the end of year 2020

Ref: E6A_20201231_2126_084_FB5 Polecat.jpg

A week later we see what is probably the same Polecat over a few seconds as she scampers left to right along the bottom of the mound.
A Polecat may be the nearest creature we have to the American 'Groundhog', whose day is celebrated each 2 February,

Ref: BU2_20210107_0635_409-411_SC7 Polecat foraging along base of Round Mound 1-3 of 3 (approx montage).jpg

01 Feb 2021

The local female Kestrel on the top of our mains electricity pole.

Ref: D73_20210103_1001_084 Kestrel female hunting from top of drenched wooden mains power pole.jpg

Two days later we find the local female kestrel perched in one of the trees along our south hedge.

Ref: D73_20210105_1100_017 Kestrel female perched in dappled shadow on tree at end of orchard.jpg

The local female Kestrel has a rest and occasional preen on the top of our wooden power pole. Through the tangle of branches from inside our 'orchard' we think she never saw us, and we left her in peace.

Ref: D73_20210106_1305_107 Kestrel female resting and preening on wooden electricity pole top.jpg



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