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31 Mar 2021

Grey Squirrel Heaven?

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Facing the sunshine, this Squirrel squats at the base of the outer hedge enjoying a bit of unaccustomed warm sunshine.

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We sometimes see Grey Squirrels chasing round and round in circles around large tree trunks, but rarely catch it 'on film'. This automatic camera was luckier and caught this pair at their antics.

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This Squirrel chews a Banana skin like a stick of celery.

Ref: E64_20210309_1713_125_FB2 Grey Squirrel eating Banana skin like stick of rock.jpg

30 Mar 2021

In the Left corner: 'Teeth and Claws' Squirrel.
In the Right Corner: 'Beak and Spurs' Pheasant.

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This years glorious Pheasant male. We are STILL waiting to see a female on camera or with eyes :-(

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This magnificent male Pheasant stomps his way across the orchard.

Ref: BU9_20210228_1116_270-1117_272_SC2 Pheasant male at end of orchard 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

The left image catches him apparently staring at the automatic camera, but more probably something on the same tree.

Ref: BU9_20210228_1116_270_SC2 Pheasant male at end of orchard 1 of 3 - staring at camera (crop).jpg

29 Mar 2021

A Badger visits at 2 a.m.
How do they keep the muzzle so pristine white in our seas of mud?

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A couple of days later we see this badger out in the soggy dawn looking very much far from pristine.

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28 Mar 2021

What this Wood Pigeon is up to we can't even imagine.

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Wood Pigeons and Pheasants usually co-exist without problems. The Pigeon is probably needlessly alarmed by the arrival of the bigger bird.

Ref: E63_20210226_1628_116_FB1 Wood Pigeon wary of approaching Pheasant male.jpg

27 Mar 2021

Its the time of year to look across the empty fields in the hope of spotting Hares. This brown creature, recumbent in a patch of weeds, didn't look like a Hare (ears too short) not a Rabbit (wrong body shape).

Ref: DF3_20210226_0949_039 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn left in fallow field runs off 01 of 17 (crop).jpg

It suddenly took fright and fled, moving rapidly over the uneven surface in leaps and bounds, revealing itself to be Reeve's Muntjac Deer Fawn. At about 7 fps (so a bit over 1 second here) this is an accurate montage of the foreshortened view.

Ref: DF3_20210226_0950_042-050 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn left in fallow field runs off 02-10 of 17 (approx montage).jpg

While selecting which images to montage we noticed that these frames 14 and 17 were almost identical, although the background indicate definitely different images. The timing is pure chance, but we find it uncanny.

Ref: DF3_20210226_0950_054+057 Muntjac Reeves Deer Fawn left in fallow field runs off 14+17 of 17 (accurate montage for gait consistency).jpg

26 Mar 2021

Several hours trying and failing to catch Rooks flying in with stick or other nesting material our trusty 'trail cam' at the end of the orchard does the the 'ground-selection' phase for us.

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Our failure to get decent pics of bird carrying twigs to the nest is at least partially explained by the access track being so liberally scattered with fallen twigs that the Rooks just have to jump down to get them.
All these images taken by one trail cam.

Ref: BU3_20210226_0937_118-20210227_0740_289_SC6 Rooks collecting twigs from access track (montage).jpg

It's even easier to collect twigs if your neighbour leaves his nest unguarded. The thief collected two thin twigs on this visit you can see crossing near the beak.

Ref: D73_20210303_1228_166-190 Rook stealing twigs from adjacent nest 1-3+5-7 of 7 (montage).jpg

Most of the nests are already mostly built, so its time to collect moss and leaves to line the cups.

Ref: BU5_20210302_1435_186_SC1 Rook carrying nest lining at edge of Round Pond.jpg

25 Mar 2021

Our female Reeve's Muntjac Deer rubs the top of her head on the ground before walking up to the edge of the pond for a drink. In the Rightmost frame you can see her enormous tongue possibly using the water to groom her muzzle.

Ref: BU5_20210225_1557_055-057_SC1 Muntjac Reeves Deer female walking up to Round Pond edge 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Our endearing Deer - hoping some corn will appear?

Ref: D73_20210225_0735_083 Muntjac Reeves Deer female scenting photographer.jpg

24 Mar 2021

This little Shieldbug nearly got flattened as we replaced this protective slate that shields the window of the camera box looking at the tree-stump.

Ref: D73_20210222_0713_213 Shieldbug Hawthorn adult on slate covering FB4 2 of 2 (crop).jpg

23 Mar 2021

Reminiscent of the Escher's picture 'Three Worlds'
without the fish but with leaves both floating and submerged.

Ref: D73_20210221_1219_154 Round pond still surface reflecting surrounding trees (3 worlds).jpg

22 Mar 2021

The female Muntjac Deer regularly walks right up to us where we can normally throw some corn on the ground for her.

Ref: D73_20210221_1231_202 Muntjac Reeves Deer female gazing up at photographer.jpg

From the above pic her enormous brown eyes show a reflection of our house, the photographer visually to the left. The image is rotated and lightened to make it clearer.

Ref: D73_20210221_1231_202 Muntjac Reeves Deer female reflection in eye detail.jpg

21 Mar 2021

This year has been a major event for Snowdrops, clumps appearing where we have never noticed them before. We assume that something about this Spring has produced lots of 'first flowerings' for clumps not previously noticed without the flowers

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Ref: D73_20210222_1548_030 Snowdrop clumps at bottom of old apple tree in orchard.jpg

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Do I like Snowdrops?
Thank goodness not, or we wouldn't have to enjoy ourselves!

Ref: BU8_20210224_1705_096 Muntjac Reeves Deer female examining Snowdrops.jpg

20 Mar 2021

The local Green Woodpecker is very nervous of humans, so we hardly ever see him for ourselves. But he seems to find the Meadow Post an acceptable place to perch.

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A Green Woodpecker stops for a moment on the meadow post.

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19 Mar 2021

The local female kestrel brings her latest catch (looks like a Vole - her favourite!) to the meadow post to 'prepare and consume'.

Ref: D01_20210217_1624_033+034_FB6 Kestrel female lands on Meadow Post with Rodent in claws 1+2 of 2 (montage over 400mS).jpg

This time 'empty clawed', the local female Kestrel spends a couple of minutes eyeing over the rough grass from the meadow post.

Ref: D01_20210221_0958_125+126+0959_128_FB6 Kestrel female 2 min visit to Meadow Post 1+2+4 of 4 (montage intervals 400mS+60Sec).jpg

18 Mar 2021

As you will see, the resident female Reeve's Muntjac Deer has become absurdly 'tame'. This photo taken by an automatic camera and showing yours truly on the other side. The light was poor and the automatic camera (with flash) took this much better photo. The insert shows that she seems ONLY interested in the mixed corn - but grass and mixed corn if you throw some corn into the grass.

Ref: E6A_20210215_1621_119_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer female feeding watched by human at rear (adjusted crop with insert).jpg

We notice that there is one patch on her body she can't quite groom properly at the very rear of her back. She probably scratches it against tree bark, but it never looks quite pristine.

Ref: BU7_20210218_1052_032 Muntjac Reeves Deer female twisting to groom with left rear hoof.jpg

Near the nose you see patches of ruffled fur that she never manages to smooth down ...

Ref: D73_20210221_1227_171 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at edge of vegetable bed.jpg

... but she can comb her tail out with her teeth!

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17 Mar 2021

A Badger stops by for a portrait - but more importantly to hoover up some scraps.

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A couple of hours later a Badger makes their way toward the east hedge gap, still foraging along the way.

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16 Mar 2021

A lurid and rather threatening Sunrise to the South East ...

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... while a few wispy clouds to the South West picked up the same colour.

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2 days after one lurid sunrise we get another even more vivid, but doesn't seem as threatening

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2 Mute Swans were flying in the distance against these glorious sunrise colours.

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15 Mar 2021

Returning from a walk we approached this tree from the well-lit south and with a woosh the local female Kestrel arrived to perch turning as she landed from the other side. At the time we didn't notice the Rodent clutched in her claws. She jumped down out of sight into the ivy which clothes this tree. By walking down the concrete track a few metres to the north side of the tree we found her in the dark busy ripping up and eating her meal. We left her to feed as we went back home to get back out of the freezing gale.

Ref: DF3_20210211_0933_005+0934_013+0936_096 Kestrel female flies to Black Poplar with Rodent and eats it over 5 minutes 1+2+4 of 5 (montage).jpg

A Gale blowing from the left allows our local female Kestrel to rise from her perch with barely a flap of the wings. Accurately montaged over 1 second.

Ref: DF3_20210213_1247_006-011 Kestrel female in flight into gale by conifer 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage @7fps).jpg

14 Mar 2021

In a spell of sunshine 'our' female Reeves Muntjac Deer stops in the dappled shade of a weeping Silver birch to tend to an itch on her leg.

Ref: DF3_20210210_1259_050 Muntjac Reeves Deer female grooming front leg.jpg

We expected that Reeve's Muntjac Deer would eat a variety of food from the baited sites, but so far all we see is her licking up corn.

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The resident female Reeve's Muntjac Deer spent at least 7 minutes feeding at this site. moving round to conveniently get at different parts and providing us with a view from both sides.

Ref: E6A_20210213_1741_274+1734_273_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer female feeding for at least 7 minutes (montage).jpg

13 Mar 2021

Chomp - Chomp - Chomp
The Grey Squirrel tucks into this strip of Banana peel.

Ref: E64_20210208_1630_118_FB2 Grey Squirrel eating Banana peel in melting snow.jpg

Is this an 'Indian  Rope  Tail trick'?

Ref: E64_20210209_1501_176_FB2 Grey Squirrel leaping away from another with tail vertically down to ground.jpg

Several Grey squirrels venture out onto the ice over several days.
What they find there we guess could be fallen catkins and such.

Ref: BU5_20210210_1340_028-030_SC1 Grey Squirrel runs onto Round Pond Ice 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

Its no good - this Grey Squirrel looks like an imaginative design for a Teapot, handle on the left, lid bulging upwards, and spout on the right.

Ref: D36_20210212_1624_049_FB4 Grey Squirrel on Tree-stump in Teapot pose.jpg

12 Mar 2021

Just after midnight the Polecat approaches one of the Rabbit Warren access holes.
Quote: They are slender enough to chase rabbits into their warrens to catch them, so are specialised to underground predation.

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We normally see the Polecat in the South of our patch, but here they are at the far South East corner by the flooded ditch. The middle image seems to show the Polecat rolling herself on the bank of the flooded ditch.

Ref: BU7_20210210_0255_122+0256_126+BU9_0258_349-351 Polecat visits flooded ditch (rolling) + S of orchard 1-5 of 5 (montage).jpg

11 Mar 2021

A Fox enters the site in Mid-morning, and has a quick look around before setting off on the hunt.

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This Fox glances back into our patch as she leaves through the East hedge.

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We catch this unexpected sight of a Fox quietly padding along the frozen surface of the southern ditch.

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A laid-back fox sits with legs crossed.

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10 Mar 2021

A Redpoll feeds for several minutes on the seeds from last years Great Willowherb flowers outside the Living Room window.
A search of our archives shows that we see one or more Redpolls every few years. We have always ID's the bird as a Redpoll, but our more recent bird ID books (i.e. published in the 21st century!) show an additional species - the Lesser Redpoll - which we think that this, and our earlier photos, probably is.

Ref: D5C_20210209_1117_085-1119_160 Redpoll feeding on Great Willowherb seeds 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

09 Mar 2021

Surprise! The MALE Sparrowhawk visits the meadow post for a few minutes. He did similar once last year. Male Sparrowhawks are smaller than the females and the pair don't compete too much for prey.
From the RSPB site: The female takes prey up to wood pigeon size, but the smaller male does not catch anything bigger than the mistle thrush.

Ref: D01_20210207_1619_019+023_FB6 Sparrowhawk male 4 minute visit to meadow post 3+7 of 8 (montage).jpg

08 Mar 2021

We came across our 'resident' female Reeve's Muntjac Deer feeding at the meadow site and watched her technique for licking up corn grains which we could just hear her crunching with her teeth. So here we have views from both sides - top left and bottom right from the automatic camera, and top right and bottom left from a hand-held camera. The bottom right image show the cameraman's legs as he took the pics. The camera resolutions are different, and it worked out to be more naturally not to align the pics.

Ref: E6A_20210205_1302_150_FB5-DF3_1304_026 Muntjac Reeves Deer female feeding at FB5 (auto & hand-held cameras) 01+03+05+07 of 10 (orig).jpg

5 minutes later she had wandered into some rank grass where she was finding something to her taste.

Ref: DF3_20210205_1307_035 Muntjac Reeves Deer female feeding at FB5 (auto & hand-held cameras) 08 of 10 (crop 1).jpg

Now that's what we call 'Licking your Chops'!

Ref: DF3_20210205_1307_035 Muntjac Reeves Deer female feeding at FB5 (auto & hand-held cameras) 08 of 10 (crop 2).jpg

Plant your feet and eat your fill.

Ref: E6A_20210206_1322_220-1331_222_FB5 Muntjac Reeves Deer female clearing corn from small patch over 9mins 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

07 Mar 2021

It's drizzling again, but this Wood Pigeon still looks magnificent.

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Wood Pigeons changing over on the Meadow Post.
NOT a montage.

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06 Mar 2021

A couple of badgers romping - one way or another - in the still of the night.

Ref: BU2_20210204_0345_082-084_SC7 2 Badgers encounter at base of Round Mound 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

10 minutes later a Badger wanders through the woodland photo site about 40 metres away.

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05 Mar 2021

The cable-tie style Peanut feeder lid lock got the Squirrel style 'keep working on it' treatment and this one finally gets the top off and could gorge themselves!

Ref: D5C_20210131_1334_053+054 Grey Squirrel raiding peanut feeder with top forced off 1+2 of 2 (montage).jpg

Over half an hour these two Grey squirrel endlessly contest access to the currently open-topped peanut feeder. The position of the fleeing Squirrel is uncannily consistent - such are automatic triggers.

Ref: E60_20210201_1056_020+1123_022+1124_023_FB3 2 Grey Squirrels squabbling at kitchen bird tale (montage).jpg

By next morning only 1cm of nuts is left. To get at them requires this quite extreme & claustrophobic gymnastics.

Ref: D5C_20210201_1126_131 Grey Squirrel raiding opened peanut feeder (crop).jpg

Next day - the alternate feeder (black lid - where the original fastening still works) is really frustrating the Squirrels - for now.

Ref: D5C_20210202_1124_155 Grey Squirrel frustrated by replaced (closed) peanut feeder.jpg

04 Mar 2021

This delightful strip of Snowdrops along the NW edge of the main pond is here photographed across the water. From about 20 bulbs planted decades ago they have spread several metres either way, of which this just the centre section to retain some flower detail.
The deer and Rabbit obviously don't like the taste!

Ref: D73_20210207_0917_140 Snowdrops along NW bank of main pond (crop 2).jpg

03 Mar 2021

A Buzzard hasn't been apparent in the sky, so we were surprised to find this visit recorded on the Meadow post in the afternoon.

Ref: D01_20210203_1418_057_FB6 Buzzard short visit to Meadow Post 1 of 4 (crop).jpg

The image on the left is about 400mS after the approach above.

Ref: D01_20210203_1418_058+1419_060_FB6 Buzzard short visit to Meadow Post 2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

02 Mar 2021

A 'resident' female Reeve's Muntjac Deer has found a shrub in our 'garden' that is literally 'to her taste'.

Ref: D73_20210127_1056_007 Muntjac Reeves Deer female.jpg

The female Reeve's Muntjac Deer closes her mouth over a leaf and then yanks the whole bush about until it comes away.
Parks with deer show a browse line on trees and bushes that corresponds to how high the resident Deer can reach. We are now seeing development of a similar, though lower, line on our own patch, from the attentions of the Muntjac Deer.

Ref: D73_20210127_1057_024-1058_071 Muntjac Reeves Deer female eating leaves from shrub in garden 1-4 of 4 (montage).jpg

01 Mar 2021

An event we ave only recorded once before (in 2005) is a 'dark contrail'. In both cases the effect was obviously a real contrail casting a shadow on hazy cloud below.

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A rather attractive morning cloudscape looking east.

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