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28 Feb 2022

This visit by a Buzzard to the Meadow Post lasted for a quarter of an hour

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By the middle of the visit we were aware of the bird, and went to enjoy the sight from different viewpoints. The first was manually triggering the normally automatic camera at the moment of take-off.
The next pic on this locked position camera is almost entirely out of frame.

Ref: D01_20220128_1003_104+105_FB6 Buzzard 14 minute visit to Meadow Post 12+13 of 13 (montage).jpg

From a downstairs window this hand-held camera could follow the action a bit better.

Ref: PK1_20220128_1003_483-485 Buzzard take-off from meadow post 1-3 of 3 (approx montage).jpg

27 Feb 2022

A Magpie hopping onto the fallen branch, the vertical iridescent tail helping to regain balance.

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This immaculate Magpie stops off at the meadow post.

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26 Feb 2022

Grey Squirrels synchronised feeding?

Ref: E64_20220127_1457_026_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels feeding quietly together.jpg

All mine!

Ref: D36_20220127_1458_007_FB4 Grey Squirrel first to heap of fruit waste.jpg

25 Feb 2022

The local female Sparrowhawk stops off on the Kitchen Window perch, undoubtedly after hoping to catch something tasty from the feeder below (out of crop).

Ref: E60_20220126_0935_007_FB3 Sparrowhawk landing on kitchen perch (crop 2).jpg

A Grey Squirrel trying to play the Harmonica?

Ref: E63_20220124_1504_076_FB1 Grey Squirrel nibbling banana peel.jpg

24 Feb 2022

Reeves' Muntjac Deer appear most nights around the site. This male is rubbing his forehead on the ground. We assume that this is to rub-off the dead 'velvet' from the newly formed antlers.

Ref: BU7_20220123_0710_032+033 Muntjac Reeves Deer male rubbing forehead on grass (montage).jpg

Possibly the same male Reeves' Muntjac Deer chomping away at the seemingly never ending supply of Blackberry wood.
Anyone fancy spiked stems for breakfast?

Ref: BU9_20220123_0905_086_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male browsing on undergrowth - antlers and Tusk visible.jpg

A week later we see this female Reeves' Muntjac Deer chomping away happily on a spiky holly leaf!
What are their mouths made of?

Ref: DF5_20220203_1333_015 Muntjac Reeves Deer female eating spiked Holly leaf (adjusted crop).jpg

23 Feb 2022

One of those 'little moments' - the Pheasant walking along the edge of the pond spooks the Rook who flies over the Pheasant to land behind. We are sure the Rook is not frightened, but doesn't want to get 'steamrollered'. The middle pic shows the Pheasant twisting his head to watch the Rook pass by.

Ref: BU5_20220122_1426_363+1427_364-365_SC1 Pheasant male walks towards Rook who flies over Pheasant & lands behind (montage).jpg

The Reeves' Muntjac Deer (left edge) ignores the fox that is presumably barking across the water.

Ref: BU5_20220121_2330_241-243_SC1 Fox Barking (q) as Muntjac Reeves Deer ignores the Fox (montage).jpg

22 Feb 2022

Badgers appear most nights in various Trail cams, but only occasionally at one of these high resolution sites.

Ref: E63_20220120_1959_106_FB1 Badger (orig).jpg

Sightings of Polecats at the high resolution sites are fairly rare, so this one is a welcome addition.

Ref: E6A_20220124_2010_072_FB5 Polecat (crop).jpg

21 Feb 2022

A Fox skulks along the edge of the Duck-shaped Pond, stops for a drink in an atypical place, and then stops for a stare across the water at the island.

Ref: BU8_20220121_0038_064+066+068+0039_070 Fox drinks at Duck Pond from atypical place (montage).jpg

A bit of a mystery as this Fox apparently exits our site onto the concrete access track with something quite large in the mouth. The first image is overexposed, but the remainder give an idea of the size of the prey item. We at first thought it might be a Pheasant, but the regular male has since been seen 'present and correct', and a female has also appeared.
Large Rabbit, Hare, Large Pigeon?
After watching a Fox take a Stoat in a recent 'BBC TV 'Winterwatch' (you can catch it on YouTube) we could believe that the prey is almost anything!

Ref: BU3_20220121_1959_031-033_SC6 Fox carrying large prey item down access track 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

20 Feb 2022

A short savage storm late last year that brought down or broke several of our trees, impacted much of the local area - damaged hedges and trees can be found within a mile or two. Rooks normally see about half of one years nests survive for refurbishment come the Spring, but the 50 or so nests in the large Rookery to our west were completely stripped of nests in the storm. Hence unusually we see the trees all with freshly constructed nests. This is one of the 3 main nesting trees.

Ref: DF3_20220120_1010_001 Rookery to west starting new nests after storm destroyed all old nests.jpg

A pair of Rooks stop off on the local 11kV cables.

Ref: DF3_20220120_1018_005 2 Rooks on 11kV power cables (adjusted crop).jpg

19 Feb 2022

The Long-tailed Tits have at last started using the Kitchen peanut feeder where no direct sunlight (as opposed to sun or bright sky flaring the camera) provides opportunities for some pics. There seem to be 6 birds in this little group, taking turns in the feeder - here are 4 of them.

Ref: PK1_20220119_0945_298 4 Long-tailed Tits in kitchen peanut feeder.jpg

Several perched nearby waiting their turn ...

Ref: DF3_20220119_1011_009 Long-tailed Tit perched on vertical blackberry stem.jpg

Ref: DF3_20220119_1012_013+014 Long-tailed Tit on cut Blackberry stem takes off (montage).jpg

Ref: DF3_20220119_1012_019 Long-tailed Tit perched on vertical twig.jpg

18 Feb 2022

It seems a long time since seeing a sharp photo of an in-flight skirmish. Here a Robin (left) and Great Tit think it worth a little conflict to take control of the food on offer.

Ref: E63_20220118_1341_116_FB1 Robin + Great Tit in flight skirmish (crop).jpg

A male Chaffinch looking eagerly through the scraps.

Ref: E63_20220117_1121_006_FB1 Chaffinch male feeding at hedge bottom.jpg

17 Feb 2022

A few hours of sunshine brought out a pair of Grey Squirrel sociably sunbathing, grooming and eating a few catkins on the far side of the main pond.

Ref: DF5_20220117_1144_015 2 Grey Squirrels sunbathing together in Birch tree.jpg

About the same time next day some more sun brought out first this couple of Grey Squirrels ...

Ref: DF5_20220118_1205_029 2 Grey Squirrels in sunshine on Willow Tree (crop 2).jpg

... soon joined by another pair who spent some time playfully chasing each other up and down the willow tree. All 4 are in this pic if you look hard.

Ref: DF5_20220118_1207_035 4 Grey Squirrels in sunshine on Willow Tree.jpg

16 Feb 2022

One of the female Kestrels lands on the meadow post. Hardly visible as she lands, there is some sort of rodent in her right claws. Over the next 4 minutes she devours part of her catch. She probably flew off with the remains - what's left is too big to eat, and kestrels normally have a little rest after a big meal before flying on.

Ref: D01_20220116_1411_109-1414_115_FB6 Kestrel female takes rodent to Meadow Post & eats it over 4 mins 2+3+6+8 of 8 (montage).jpg

A detail between the bottom two images in the montage.
Some of the rodents fur is stuck to her beak.

Ref: D01_20220116_1412_111_FB6 Kestrel female takes rodent to Meadow Post and eats it over 4 minutes 4 of 8 (crop).jpg

Three days later we see the right claw of this female Kestrel firmly grasping some incautious rodent that we are sure the Kestrel was going to devour on the post top. But as she went to land a Magpie was already making for the post (or making for the Kestrel's prey - you decide!) so the Kestrel aborted the landing and flew off out of sight.

Ref: D01_20220119_1307_123+124_FB6 Kestrel female lands with prey but Magpie interferes 1+2 of 2 (impression montage over 400mS).jpg

15 Feb 2022

Our lovely Pheasant stepping over the branch at the Woodland site.

Ref: E64_20220115_1529_170_FB2 Pheasant male stepping over fallen branch.jpg

The male Pheasant still out after sunset.

Ref: E64_20220113_1611_066_FB2 Pheasant male at Sunset.jpg

14 Feb 2022

This drenched fox hopes for an easy meal.

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A fox walking quietly across the bottom of the mound on the last trip of the night.

Ref: BU2_20220114_0803_204-206_SC7 Fox walking quietly across bottom of Round Mound (montage).jpg

More usually we see a Fox on the mound an hour after dark. This individual seems to check under the bottom slab every night. It used to be the primary entrance to the Rabbit warren in the mound, but is now blocked with leaves. The main entrance is now at one end of the mound, but perhaps the smell of 'Rabbit' still drifts from the hole.

Ref: BU2_20220115_1701_386+398_SC7 Fox walks up mound to visit Rabbit hole under step now blocked with leaves (montage).jpg

A little before dawn this Fox again visits the disused rabbit hole on the Mound. Lots of pics of this suggest that one or more foxes check this hole every night.

Ref: BU2_20220120_0616_415+417_SC7 Fox checks disused Rabbit hole (accurate montage).jpg

13 Feb 2022

This Grey Squirrel seems to have started at one end of a banana peel strip - will it finish the whole thing? We have no idea what transpired.

Ref: E6A_20220115_1330_473_FB5 Grey Squirrel eating Banana peel.jpg

From Grey Squirrels breaking into peanut feeders we have moved to 'wanton destruction' of the 'grain bag'. We hung up the bag in its normal place and half an hour later a return to the bag finds this!
The munching Squirrel waited until the human was about a metre away before making a hurried departure.
Verdict: VERY Guilty - in flagrante delicto

Ref: D72_20220116_1328_133 Grain bag with Grey Squirrel looking out of bitten open hole.jpg

A claw in the side would probably make our faces screw up in pain as well.

Ref: E63_20220110_1343_025_FB1 Grey Squirrel chasing away another.jpg

12 Feb 2022

We can find no reference to Blue Tits eating Lichen, so this may be an unusual moment to catch on camera.
On the left is the bird with a beakful of Lichen from the branch they are perched upon, and on the right an enlarged and exposure adjusted detail of the bird actually lifting the lichen from the branch.

Ref: DF3_20220112_1307_084+090 Blue Tit eating Lichen from tree branch 2+3 of 5 (montage).jpg

Having eaten several pieces of Lichen, the Blue Tit perches quietly.

Ref: DF3_20220112_1307_094 Blue Tit eating Lichen from tree branch 5 of 5 (crop).jpg

11 Feb 2022

This Buzzard seems to have chosen areas north to south of our patch as their current feeding area. The bird didn't seem bothered by us about 70m away, but eventually decided to try a different hunting perch and here flew another 50m away to another set of cables, this time rubber covered 'mains' cables, to carry on the hunt, moving along that set of cables periodically.

Ref: DF3_20220110_1241_012+1242_013-017+1243_018 Buzzard flying from 11kV cable 01 of 07 of 11 (acc flight montage@7fps).jpg

10 Feb 2022

A 'loving couple' of Rooks high in a Black Poplar.
The Tree's buds are already starting to swell from which Catkins will emerge.
Black Poplars produce Catkins weeks before first leaf.
Black Poplars seem to be a dead-end species - all of our trees are male, and we understand that females smell awful when flowing so are not planted. A quote from
    The number of Black Poplars has been falling steadily for many years and
    there are a few thousand of them left in Britain. Less than 10% of the remaining
    trees are female and these are increasingly hybridizing with commercially grown
    poplar cultivars, creating highly variable offspring. It is its ability to regrow new
    trees from broken branches and roots that keeps the species alive in the wild.

Broken branches is exactly how the 6 giant Black Poplars in our patch came about, cut from the branch of a tree along the access track, cut into 6. All 6 'took'.

Ref: DF3_20220109_1359_042 Rook pair in Black Poplar catkin buds swelling.jpg

09 Feb 2022

The male Pheasant just fitting the photo frame.
You get a good view here of the 'spurs' on the back of the strong legs.

Ref: E6A_20220108_0817_236_FB5 Pheasant male (crop).jpg

Hours later we see the male Pheasant again, using a 'wing assist' to jump up onto the fallen tree on the Mound.

Ref: BU2_20220108_1225_193+195_SC7 Pheasant male using wings to jump onto fallen tree-trunk (+ Pigeon) (montage).jpg

The male Pheasant walks quietly along the edge of Round Pond.

Ref: BU5_20220111_1242_121-123_SC1 Pheasant male walking along edge of Round Pond (slightly stretched montage).jpg

08 Feb 2022

This Badger quietly ruffling through the leaf litter, decides to visit the pond for a drink.

Ref: BU5_20220108_0137_183+0138_186+188_SC1 Badger walks up to drink at Round Pond 1-3 of 3 (impression montage).jpg

This Badger a few days later taking a selfie at the Woodland camera site.

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07 Feb 2022

The local female Sparrowhawk is undoubtedly feeling the cold, so out early to find something ready-heated to eat :-(

Ref: D01_20220107_0924_055+0923_053_FB6 Sparrowhawk short visit to Meadow Post 2+1 of 2 (montage).jpg

As the day draws to a close this female Kestrel visits the Meadow Post with a short-tailed Vole for what is probably her final meal of the day.

Ref: D01_20220107_1611_085-1615_091_FB6 Kestrel female brings short-tailed Field Vole to meadow post to eat at dusk 1+3+5+7 of 8 (montage).jpg

The female Kestrel returned 8 minutes later for a couple of minutes, this time 'empty clawed'

Ref: D01_20220107_1623_093_FB6 Kestrel female lands on Meadow Post.jpg

A Pleasant surprise to see a Tawny Owl making a 5 minute visit to the Meadow post a few hours after dark.

Ref: D01_20220108_1947_131+1948_133_FB6 Tawny Owl 5 minute visit to meadow post 1+2 of 3 (montage).jpg

06 Feb 2022

One of the at-least 3 male Reeves' Muntjac Deer takes a selfie in the dark of the night while stepping over the fallen branch.

Ref: E64_20220105_2129_176_FB2 Muntjac Reeves Deer male stepping over fallen branch.jpg

It's quite hard to pick out the outline against the similar colours and randomly patterned leaf litter, as this solitary female Reeves' Muntjac Deer quietly browses.
She looks like she is smiling, but that's anthropomorphism for you.

Ref: BU9_20220104_1022_036_SC2 Muntjac Reeves Deer female at end of orchard.jpg

15 minutes later, and 70 metres away, probably the same individual spent a few minutes grooming on the island of the main pond

Ref: PK1_20220104_1037_170+178+179+184 Muntjac Reeves Deer female visits Main Pond island (montage).jpg

05 Feb 2022

This Tawny Owl makes a welcome visit to the meadow post, staying for about 8 minutes. Past experience suggests that this was just one of many stops on the numerous other hunting perches around the site.

Ref: D01_20220103_2044_021-2051_035_FB6 Tawny Owl 8 minute visit to Meadow Post 1+2+3+5 of 5 (montage).jpg

04 Feb 2022

Rooks really are interesting creatures.
We know birds don't have 'expressions', but you try to tell this Rook that!

Ref: E6A_20220104_1522_158_FB5 Rook head detail.jpg

A Rook landing on the Meadow Post. Ahead of this is a cloud of midges

Ref: D01_20220102_1230_129+130_FB6 Rook landing on meadow post with cloud of Midges ahead (montage over 400mS).jpg

A serendipitous moment as the sun makes a shadow of this Rook so precise that at first viewing looks like two birds.

Ref: BU5_20220105_1312_240_SC1 Rook and their shadow.jpg

03 Feb 2022

This male Pheasant doesn't argue with a belligerent Grey Squirrel.

Ref: E64_20220101_1347_185_FB2 Grey Squirrel chasing away male Pheasant.jpg

These 2 Grey Squirrels are often seen sharing a feeding site. Here they spent 15 minutes sharing the largess.
Individual Grey Squirrels seem to have huge variability in behaviour towards both members of their own species and other species.

Ref: E64_20211230_1247_027+1308_033_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels feast at woodland site for 15 minutes (montage).jpg

02 Feb 2022

One of our Foxes offering a head and shoulders portrait.
Love the whiskers!

Ref: E6A_20220103_0510_263_FB5 Fox at Meadow site (crop 2).jpg

An hour before sunrise, this Fox stops off for a drink from the now easily accessible water, complete with reflection.

Ref: BU5_20220104_0705_071_SC1 Fox Drinking from Round Pond near end of night.jpg

Possibly the same Fox 24 minutes apart - first near the east entrance ...

Ref: BUA_20211231_0609_057_SC8 Fox gazing up tree by east hedge gap.jpg

... and then at Round Pond with a very similar upward gaze.

Ref: BU5_20211231_0633_081_SC1 Fox at edge of Round Pond gazing upwards.jpg

01 Feb 2022

Out of the Kitchen windows this extreme orange sunrise lit up the whole area.
It was quite eerie.

Ref: PK1_20211228_0826_151 Strange early morning sunlight looking north from kitchen window (orig & final).jpg

Unknown to us at the time, the same light was playing on this Magpie who was stopping off at the Meadow Post.

Ref: D01_20211228_0824_002_FB6 Magpie on Meadow Post as sunrise streaks over meadow (crop).jpg



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