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30 Nov 2022

Some days we see a Sparrowhawk flashing by the conservatory window a few times an hour. The size, speed and behaviour tell us that it is a Sparrowhawk, but sexing at their blurred speed is impossible. We know that a female is a regular visitor, but here was see a male perched outside the kitchen. So we may therefore be seeing a 'pair' of Sparrowhawks hunting our peanut feeders.

Ref: E60_20221028_1722_019_FB3 Sparrowhawk male (crop 2).jpg

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29 Nov 2022

We watched this Rook chasing the Kestrel for about a minute as the action gradually moved towards us. As the Kestrel approached the 11kV cables we expect the chase to go by them, but the Kestrel chooses to land on the furthest cable (bottom) and the Rook unexpectedly lands on the middle cable where they both spent several minutes thereafter.
This final sequence covers about 1 second all accurately positioned.

Ref: D72_20221028_1342_029-035 Rook chasing Kestrel female both land on 11kV cables 1-7 of 7 (approx montage @8fps).jpg

28 Nov 2022

Teasel heads make an important contribution to winter diet of both mammals and birds. From somewhere nearby this Grey Squirrel has already found (and possibly bitten off) a head and has for some reason taken it up onto the Kitchen bird table to wheedle out the seeds.

Ref: E60_20221027_1324_003_FB3 Grey Squirrel carries teasel head to kitchen bird table to nibble.jpg

This Grey Squirrel delicately holds what it is eating in their paws. The food looks like a piece of old fruit.

Ref: E64_20221028_1857_198_FB2 Grey Squirrel nibbling food held in paws.jpg

"Quite an appetising 'plate' - I'll look it over while scratching my back."

Ref: E63_20221102_1312_264_FB1 Grey Squirrel female inspecting food while scratching back.jpg

27 Nov 2022

As the day begins this female Reeves' Muntjac Deer ambles through the hedge gap (near left edge), down into the ditch and up into the orchard. On the far left you can see the glow of the eyes of the attentive male quietly following her, shown on the right 20 second later.
Reeves' Muntjac Deer don't have a 'Rut' season - the 'girls' come into heat in any season. Lucky 'boys'. Fawns can appear even in the middle of winter.

Ref: BU7_20221027_0557_121-124 Muntjac Reeves Deer female enters through south hedge followed by male (montage).jpg

This is a well trodden route in and out of our patch. Here a Badger lumbers their way down the still dry ditch and up into the orchard.

Ref: BU7_20221023_0315_073-075 Badger enters at south hedge via ditch (approx montage).jpg

26 Nov 2022

Twee moment of the week is this pristine Grey squirrel ensconced in a bed of fallen leaves nibbling food from their paws.

Ref: E64_20221025_1044_117_FB2 Grey Squirrel in carpet of autumn leaves.jpg

This site tends to get the food mixed with mud - so this Squirrel picks up the mud and nibbles off the stuck-on corn.

Ref: E6A_20221026_1704_261_FB5 Grey Squirrel nibbling corn from lump of mud in paws.jpg

25 Nov 2022

Talk about Lartigue's 'decisive moment' - this Great tit is perhaps 3mm from actual landing on the stone!

Ref: E63_20221024_1232_059_FB1 Great Tit a few mm from landing on stone.jpg

A Vividly marked Great Tit shows the lovely glossy feathers over the head.

Ref: E63_20221021_1425_142_FB1 Great Tit on stone with glossy head against autumn leaves.jpg

24 Nov 2022

A Red Kite glides by.
Accurately spaced over about three-quarters of a second.

Ref: D72_20221023_1348_172-176 Red Kite in flight (accurate montage @8fps).jpg

23 Nov 2022

At the meadow site seven Fieldmice (Wood Mice) leap about in the night.

Ref: E6A_20221021_0533_147-20221023_2128_549_FB5 7 Fieldmice (Wood Mice) portraits frolicking over 3 days (montage).jpg

22 Nov 2022

Grey Squirrels seem to adore apples.
This one is 'chiselling' out the rotted side of this one.

Ref: E6A_20221013_1359_039_FB5 Grey Squirrel tackling rotten side of apple.jpg

Ref: D01_20221016_1525_095_FB6 Grey Squirrel arriving on Meadow Post top with part of small apple in mouth.jpg

This Grey Squirrel either prefers or put-up-with' cooked potato peel.

Ref: E64_20221016_1642_334_FB2 Grey Squirrel youngster eating strip of potato peel from paws.jpg

21 Nov 2022

The Sparrowhawk makes another lightening fast pass over the kitchen perch/bird table/peanut feeder complex. The bird often circles the house several times a day to check all of the peanut feeders.

Ref: E60_20221018_1517_018_FB3 Sparrowhawk flying over Kitchen bird table.jpg

20 Nov 2022

Across our access track walks the female Reeves' Muntjac Deer, followed about a minute later by the male.

Ref: BU3_20221013_1302_016+18+1302_019+020_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer female walk across track followed by male (accurate montage).jpg

100m away on the other side of the plot this male Reeves' Muntjac Deer pauses to scratch his muzzle with his hind hoof.

Ref: BUA_20221015_0024_143_SC8 Muntjac Reeves Deer male scratching muzzle with rear hoof.jpg

19 Nov 2022

A rare occurrence (and never before here that we can remember) a Tawny Owl lands on the bank of dried out Round Pond. The final moment sees the Owl staring up at the dark red glow of the Trail cams IR lamp.

Ref: BU5_20221013_1906_436-438_SC1 Tawny Owl lands near Round pond Water tray 1-3 of 3 (spread impression montage).jpg

On the other side of the same midnight this Tawny Owl first landed on the kitchen window perch. A few minutes later what we think is the same Owl spends a few minutes on the meadow post.

Ref: E60_20221014_0053_010_FB3+D01_20221014_0056_029+0058_033_FB6 Tawny Owl landing on kitchen perch & Meadow Post (montage).jpg

A single night sees most probably the same Owl make 3 visits to the Meadow post in 4 hours across midnight. In this first sequence the final pic shows the Owl staring intently at the meadow camera site where there are Fieldmice (Wood Mice) each night.

Ref: D01_20221017_2334_021-2336_025_FB6 Tawny Owl visits to meadow post 1-3 of 8 of 8 (montage).jpg

From the camera point of view two untidy landings, but the Owl doesn't land for the camera.

Ref: D01_20221018_0234_027-0341_033_FB6 Tawny Owl visits over several hours 4-7 of 8 (montage).jpg

18 Nov 2022

Part of the east hedge, now dominated by the trees inside the plot.
For scale - hedge is about 1.5 metres tall.

Ref: DF3_20221017_1025_004 Cherry tree at east hedge in autumn colours (crop).jpg

We adore these intricate tapestries of leaf colours.

Ref: D72_20221010_1001_023 Autumn leaves in trees behind main pond (orig & final).jpg

Staghorn Sumac really turns a wonderful red as autumn progresses.

Ref: DF3_20221018_1517_032 Staghorn Sumac tree turning to autumn colour.jpg

17 Nov 2022

A Green Shieldbug on the side of one of our storage bunkers.

Ref: D72_20221010_1232_037 Green Shieldbug on plastic bunker.jpg

Next day we find one on the glass of the conservatory. You can see here that the brown patch at the rear is actually the tips of the mostly covered wings.

Ref: DF3_20221011_1156_011 Green Shieldbug on window pane.jpg

16 Nov 2022

After a brief sighting on the concrete access track over the CCTV, we later find this portrait of a Moorhen standing on the Kitchen Bird table.

Ref: E60_20221009_0806_033_FB3 Moorhen on Kitchen Bird table.jpg

Here the Moorhen is licking corn out from under the perch clamped to the bird table.

Ref: E60_20221009_0808_034_FB3 Moorhen on Kitchen Bird table.jpg

15 Nov 2022

A major Roe Deer event during the morning of the Hunter's Full Moon starts with this sighting of 4 Roe Deer walking up the side of the access track. The first is just starting to enter through the hole in the netting. The next 2 are obvious and the last is more a pair of reflecting eyes brought up by a bit of moderate photo processing.

Ref: BU3_20221009_0533_093_SC6 4 Roe Deer walking up concrete access track (crop).jpg

This pond has a serious leak and for now provides a foraging area for all of the larger mammals, The white tray provides water that after several weeks most of the Deer and Badgers regularly use.

Ref: BU5_20221009_0617_114+115+0618_122_SC1 Roe Deer female foraging in dry pond climbs out (adjusted montage).jpg

Ref: BUC_20221009_0631_418-0632_425_SC7+BU9_0643_090_SC2 Roe Deer female on Round Mound then in Orchard (montage).jpg


Ref: BU3_20221009_0708_102_SC6 Roe Deer female leaving.jpg

14 Nov 2022

Possibly the same Jay we saw last week continues to make visits.
Here they are standing on the fallen branch at the Woodland site.

Ref: E64_20221008_1808_228_FB2 Jay (crop).jpg

3 days later we see the Jay in an amazingly similar position.

Ref: E64_20221011_1334_178_FB2 Jay visit to Woodland site.jpg

1 minute later the Jay has moved about 10 metres to the tree-stump, reaching down to catch the insect a few centimetres from the tip of the beak.

Ref: D36_20221011_1335_034_FB4 Jay reaching down from top of Tree-stump (crop).jpg

13 Nov 2022

A belated first sighting this year of a Ruddy Darter Dragonfly here, this male taking advantage of the warm concrete track.

Ref: DF3_20221007_1232_074 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly male on warm concrete track (1st of 2022).jpg

50 metres away we find this female Ruddy Darter Dragonfly on the sun-warned armrest an old bench seat.

Ref: DF3_20221007_1237_079 Ruddy Darter Dragonfly female on warm arm of wooden bench.jpg

12 Nov 2022

Hawthorn trees over the east hedge are turning to autumn colours and ripening their berries.

Ref: DF3_20221007_0930_067 Haw berries (Hawthorn fruit) in east hedge trees.jpg

11 Nov 2022

We don't see many Rabbit in recent years. One reason is that the trees now shade out most of what used to be grass between the trees, and the meadow area is mostly wild plants. But rabbits still breed somewhere near - here this young Rabbit visited the Meadow feeding site.

Ref: E6A_20221010_1920_113_FB5 Rabbit youngster at meadow site.jpg

Another reason for the lack of Rabbits is the increasing activities of the Fox, here carrying off another young Rabbit.
No - its NOT the Rabbit above - this photo was taken 2 days earlier.

Ref: BUA_20221008_2102_166+167_SC8 Fox carrying prey (Rabbit (q)) to east hedge gap (slightly adjusted montage).jpg

10 Nov 2022

A pair of young Grey Squirrel sharing the food at the hedge bottom.

Ref: E63_20221004_1813_198_FB1 2 Grey Squirrel youngster feeding together at hedge bottom.jpg

Possibly the same pair of young Grey Squirrel 'play fighting'. The claws are folded and the mouth barely open. More of a wrestling match perhaps.

Ref: E64_20221005_1401_189_FB2 2 Grey Squirrel youngsters play fighting.jpg

These small apples are very hard, but this Grey squirrel thinks it is worth carrying this one away.

Ref: E6A_20221005_1508_214_FB5 Grey Squirrel carrying small apple.jpg

09 Nov 2022

We don't see many Jays here, but presumably this individual visited 3 days running (only the first two visits shown here).
Don't get confused here, the pic on the left is on the tree-stump inside the woodland while all the rest are on the Meadow Post. The right pair are half a second apart.

Ref: D36_20221003_1106_012_FB4+D01_20221003_1117_003+004_FB6 Jay at tree-stump & 12m later at Meadow Post 1+2 of 6 (montage).jpg

These two pics taken half a second apart - the Jay probably lands a little too upright, and instead of falling forward did a little jump to gain balance.

Ref: D01_20221004_1140_021+022_FB6 Jay visit to Meadow Post taking jump after landing 3+4 of 6 (montage over 400ms).jpg

08 Nov 2022

Sunshine really brings up the wonderful plumage of this Magpie.

Ref: D01_20221001_1645_107_FB6 Magpie on Meadow Post.jpg

Plumage immaculate for the ravages of winter to come, this Great Tit is out looking for breakfast at the hedge bottom.

Ref: E63_20221003_0736_005_FB1 Great Tit.jpg

07 Nov 2022

A female Southern Hawker Dragonfly warming herself in the sunshine.
Soon only her ghost will haunt the hedge.

Ref: D72_20221001_0941_085 Southern Hawker Dragonfly female perched in sunny hedge.jpg

Although the peak temperatures are dropping Common Darter Dragonflies still look for warm places (like this corrugated iron sheet).

Ref: DF3_20221004_1354_087 Common Darter Dragonfly Mature male (on corrugated iron sheet).jpg

This over-mature Common Darter Dragonfly surprised us before 10 a.m. on the warm east wall of the house, in the sunshine and sheltered from a cold and fierce wind from the west.

Ref: D72_20221006_0941_006 Common Darter Dragonfly over-mature female warming on east wall of house.jpg

06 Nov 2022

A Red Kite, this one with beautifully manicured feathers, glides overhead making an unusually large circle, hence the only slight change of orientation.

Ref: D72_20221001_0920_070-073 Red Kite gliding in large circle (spread montage at 8fps).jpg

A study in tail adjustments as this Red Kite flies past.

Ref: DF3_20221004_1357_119-124 Red Kite in flight twisting tail (close spaced montage @7fps).jpg

05 Nov 2022

The female Sparrowhawk makes visits to the Meadow Post about 25 minutes apart.

Ref: D01_20220930_1610_070+1612_074+1634_076_FB6 Sparrowhawk visits to Meadow Post in rain over 25 minutes 1+2+4 of 4 (montage).jpg

Its not obvious in the montage, but more detail of the last image shows that it is pouring with rain, with water dripping from that fiercesome beak and water drops clinging to her tail.

Ref: D01_20220930_1634_076_FB6 Sparrowhawk visits to Meadow Post in rain over 25 minutes 4 of 4 (crop).jpg

At the kitchen window as it is only just getting light at 7 a.m. this Sparrowhawk seems to have landed on the bird table avoiding the sense beam, and is now launching back in to flight.

Ref: E60_20220930_0708_015_FB3 Sparrowhawk lauching from Kitchen Bird Table.jpg

04 Nov 2022

Some polystyrene foam put out for recycling attracts this female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly to lay her eggs in it. The texture must be similar to that of suitable pond weeds. Her ovipositor is sticking vertically downwards 2 segments up from the two flappy bits (anal appendages). The ovipositor was repeatedly pushed down hard into the plastic foam were we assume an egg was deposited.

Ref: D72_20220929_1443_022+025 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female Ovipositing into polystyrene packaging 2+5 of 8 (montage).jpg

Here is more detail of another egg deposition.
We didn't want her wasting her eggs on this fruitless venture, so chased her away.

Ref: D72_20220929_1445_041 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly female Ovipositing into polystyrene packaging 8 of 8 (detail crop).jpg

This photo (again on polystyrene foam - what's the attraction?) is a Common Darter Dragonfly.

Ref: D72_20221001_1511_126 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on polystyrene packaging (crop).jpg

Here she is now on a Hawthorn leaf.

Ref: D72_20221001_1513_135 Common Darter Dragonfly female perched on withering Hawthorn leaf.jpg

03 Nov 2022

"Just testing the apple for Ripeness"?

Ref: E64_20220924_1758_153_FB2 Grey Squirrel clutching rotting apple.jpg

"Just ripe enough!"

Ref: E6A_20220927_1450_146_FB5 Grey Squirrel carries away rotten windfall apple.jpg

Another 'perfect' apple?

Ref: E64_20221001_1452_205_FB2 Grey Squirrel runs off with rotten apple.jpg

Here a couple of young Grey Squirrel, possibly siblings, share the food left only a few minutes earlier.

Ref: E64_20220928_1736_215_FB2 2 Grey Squirrels youngsters feeding together.jpg

02 Nov 2022

About 3 metres up the SW corner of the house this Blue Tit is industriously pulling at what looks like Spider silk in a hole broken into the brickwork by one of the many BT / Openreach 'fixtures' we have suffered over the years. The bird eventually moved out of sight into the wall :-(

Ref: DF3_20220924_0914_172-174 Blue Tit pecking at Spider web in crevice of wall at SW corner of house 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

We don't ever remember hearing a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling, so were surprised to find this adult female perched on an 11kV cable making soft short squeaks every couple of seconds. The middle image shows her beak slightly open and eyes closed as she makes the call. The WWW assures us that this is normal behaviour that we would not hear through double glazed windows or would have recognised over the CCTV microphone. These 3 pics are at about 7fps - about 140mS apart left to right.

Ref: DF3_20220925_1050_058-060 Great Spotted Woodpecker very short calls perched in 11kV cable 2-4 of 4 (montage @7fps).jpg

01 Nov 2022

The weather has been quite cold and rarely sunny, but we did find this Green-veined White butterfly feeding on the still flowering mint plants.

Ref: DF3_20220923_1504_168 Green-veined white butterfly feeding on Mint flower.jpg

Each year we get a few out-of-season flowers.
This Convolvulus flower has definitely overslept.

Ref: DF3_20220924_1112_004 Convolvulus flower white very late flowering.jpg

Rose plants have for several years thrived by growing up through the lodgepole pine at the east end of the row. Now the multiple flowers has become a sea of red Hips.

Ref: DF3_20220924_1114_005 Rose hips growing 3m+ supported by Lodgepole Pine.jpg



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