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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.
A glance at the Pesky Human - Oh its THEM - nothing to worry about ...
... so back to the preening.
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.
Two more moments from the Red-Kite flyover
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.
Our resident browse-line maker seems to like this shrub, and carefully avoids the annoying spiky Blackberry stems growing up through the bush.
4 hours later the local female Reeve's Muntjac Deer wanders through the woodland camera site.
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.
Just before dawn the homeward bound fox has a last pass through the meadow.
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.
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.
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.
A Fox passes by the Duck-shaped Pond (on the right) checking the snow for something to eat.
Magpies look quite weird in snow.
A pair of Rooks quietly sharing some mixed corn unearthed from the
Undoubtedly a 'pair'.
For a few hours there was a moderate fall of snow. While only a light dusting this Fox stops on our concrete access track
A Jackdaw braves the falling snow for a viewpoint to find something to eat.
Inside the tree-sheltered woodland this small young Grey Squirrel has probably
never seen ice or snow before.
"What the *&%^$ is this?"
On the exposed kitchen bird table this Grey Squirrel burrows beneath the falling snow to reach the corn placed there earlier.
It is cold, and the Sparrowhawk is hungry.
A currently rare moment of sunshine illuminates the Dogwood at the rear of the main pond as this Wood Pigeon makes an elegant touchdown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We caught this en-deer-ing (sorry) moment before she settled down on the ground taking occasional mouthfuls of the 'weeds' around her.
Female Blackbird demonstrates her 'The Exorcist' style twisting head movement.
A male Blackbird probes the snow where he knows that there might be some corn.
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.
The female Kestrel makes an almost 'bounce' visit to the meadow post.
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.
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.
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
So this montage isn't what it looks like!
A Great Tit (left) and Blue Tit quietly feeding together
18 Goldfinches visited this tree near the edge of the meadow.
17 of the goldfinches flew off together, but this one stayed on for a while.
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.
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.
After a few mouthfuls she moved over to having a little groom.
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.
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.
Rook activity is on the 'up'.
This one flew from the top of 'our' wooden electricity pole ...
... 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
The end of the birds flight that we saw accurately montaged at 7 fps.
This Sparrowhawk makes a disappointed pass of the Kitchen bird-feeder complex.
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!
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.
This fox paddles through the flooded ditch - several images at different times capture the Fox having a drink of the paddling water.
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.
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!
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.
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 ...
... 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.
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!
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.
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.
Here she is at the Woodland camera site, licking up corn grain (amongst other stuff we prefer not to think about).
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.
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!
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.
This is the same pole that the Buzzard landed on, providing a size comparison
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.
This Tawny Owl lands at the kitchen window nicely in focus.
The local Polecat passes through the camera trap in the meadow.
Taken about 2 hours before the end of year 2020
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,
The local female Kestrel on the top of our mains electricity pole.
Two days later we find the local female kestrel perched in one of the trees along our south hedge.
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.
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