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31 Jan 2023

One of the rare visits of the Barn Owl starts with this delightful spread of wings.

Ref: D01_20230107_1801_123_FB6 Barn Owl visits to Meadow Post over 7 minutes 1 of 7 (crop).jpg

Over the next 7 minutes the Barn Owl turned their back to the camera as they moved around searching the area - mostly with their ears!

Ref: D01_20230107_1803_127+1807_135+1802_125_FB6 Barn Owl visits to Meadow Post over 7 minutes 3+7+2 of 7 (montage).jpg

30 Jan 2023

Our lovely male pheasant manages to take a selfie including his whole length.

Ref: E63_20230111_1508_263_FB1 Pheasant male at hedge bottom in full length.jpg

The female Pheasant appears to be the individual we have only previously seen lurking around Round Pond.

Ref: E64_20230106_1338_103_FB2 Pheasant female at woodland site (previously only seen at Round Pond).jpg

Our two friendly (sisters?) female Pheasants feed quietly together in a vague interpretation of the Yin-yang symbol.
Wanting to have Yin-yang spelt correctly, we discovered spaced, hyphenated, joined together and various capitalisations. Pick your favourite

Ref: E64_20230109_1209_015_FB2 2 Pheasant females feeding at Woodland site.jpg

What looks like our regular male Pheasant is here seen outside our patch on the farm crop. Although over 100m away he wasn't pleased to see us, and started running off over the crop to the hedge at the bridleway. The droopy tail feathers suggests that the overall dark colour is because his feathers have become soaked in the seemingly endless rain.

Ref: DF3_20230109_1050_004-008 Pheasant male soaked by rain running over farm crop 1-5 of 5 (slightly stretched montage @7fps).jpg

29 Jan 2023

An evening landing by a Tawny Owl on the Tree-stump

Ref: D36_20230105_2008_022_FB4 Tawny Owl landing on Tree-stump (orig & final).jpg

At 4 a.m. of the same night probably the same Tawny Owl visits the meadow post for at least 5 minutes.

Ref: D01_20230106_0418_045_FB6 Tawny Owl 5+ minute visit to Meadow Post 1 of 5 (crop).jpg

Ref: D01_20230106_0419_047-0422_053_FB6 Tawny Owl 5+ minute visit to Meadow Post 2-5 of 5 (montage).jpg

28 Jan 2023

5 hours apart we see what looks like the same Grey squirrel in almost identical positions on either side of the fallen branch.

Ref: E64_20230105_0810_006+1329_036_FB2 Grey Squirrel visits to Woodland site morning and afternoon (montage).jpg

Carrot ends seem to be a favourite among some of the Grey Squirrels.

Ref: E6A_20230109_1239_051_FB5 Grey Squirrel with Carrot in mouth.jpg

27 Jan 2023

Absolutely no photo-fiddling here - just a line-of-sight effect.

Ref: E63_20230104_1342_218_FB1 2 Pheasant females giving impression of two headed bird.jpg

Our current male Pheasant takes his selfie.

Ref: E64_20221229_1523_088_FB2 Pheasant male stepping over fallen branch.jpg

This Wood Pigeon spends a few minutes searching around the Meadow site. After the easy access stuff, its head-down into the collapsed mouse tunnel 'pothole'.

Ref: E6A_20230104_1453_281+1455_284+1459+284_FB5 Wood Pigeon feeding at meadow site (montage).jpg

26 Jan 2023

Caught in an atypical position we see this Hare investigating the Leaf-litter with rear legs partly unfolded showing just how long they are.

Ref: BUA_20230102_2041_068_SC8 Hare near East hedge gap showing length of legs.jpg

The only 'sighting' of an Owl in a week is this Tawny Owl landing at the edge of Round Pond at the end of a night's hunting.

Ref: BU5_20230104_0622_136-138_SC1 Tawny Owl lands near edge of Round Pond 1-3 of 3 (montage spread horizontally).jpg

25 Jan 2023

Sightings of Jays here are normally restricted to the automatic camera sites or glimpses on bird tables. But here we see one feeding on the grass along the field margin by the brook (about 100m away). The Jay takes off and rises up to land on a branch of one of the trees lining the brook.
We offer 3 montages - the flight and landing in context, a closer view, and finally the last 3 moments in nearly camera resolution.

Ref: DF3_20230102_0957_006-0958_015 Jay flying to branch at Brook 1-6+9 of 9 (accurate montage 1 @7fps)jpg.jpg

Ref: DF3_20230102_0957_006-0958_015 Jay flying to branch at Brook 1-6+9 of 9 (accurate montage 2 @7fps)jpg.jpg

Ref: DF3_20230102_0957_010-0958_015 Jay flying to branch at Brook 5+6+9 of 9 (accurate montage 3 @7fps)jpg.jpg

24 Jan 2023

Some of you may remember the saga of the deeply ring-barked Willow pollard that just didn't die. Some minor trunks of the pollard did, and have been used for a few years by basking Squirrels. Their endless chewing of the dead wood has accumulated to the point where the remains are an almost abstract sculpture.

Ref: DF3_20230101_1223_021 Dead Willow stump extensively chewed by Grey Squirrel (crop).jpg


Ref: E63_20230101_1322_192_FB1 Grey Squirrel partly hidden by hedge trunks.jpg

A Grey Squirrel poses elegantly on the Kitchen bird table.
A little reminiscent of women in our youth looking at the back of their legs to see if the stocking seam is straight!

Ref: E60_20230101_1422_031_FB3 Grey Squirrel poised elegantly on Kitchen Bird Table.jpg

23 Jan 2023

Grey Squirrels really do seem to have a 'thing' for apples.
This is at the Hedge Bottom.

Ref: E63_20221230_1222_107_FB1 Grey Squirrel carries away small apple.jpg

10 minutes later at the Meadow site we see another 'Apple attack' by what the different fur pattern suggests is a different Squirrel. We THINK the Squirrel is rolling the apple into the collapsed Mouse hole to keep it still to dig into the apple with their teeth.

Ref: E6A_20221230_1231_176+1234_177_FB5 Grey Squirrel probably pushes apple into hole to hold still while eating (montage).jpg

Grey Squirrels seem to go 'ape' over small apples left over from Autumn.

Ref: E64_20230104_1244_147_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying away whole small apple.jpg

No Apples left? This whole banana skin will have to do.

Ref: E64_20230102_1257_056_FB2 Grey Squirrel carrying away whole Banana peel.jpg

22 Jan 2023

Reeve's Muntjac Deer are mainly creatures of the night, but here at noon out of the Kitchen windows we see this male quietly foraging along the edge of the main pond.

Ref: PK1_20221230_1206_754 Muntjac Deer male foraging at edge of main pond at noon.jpg

A mid-morning sighting of a male Reeves' Muntjac Deer quietly foraging along the Bridleway to our north. He must have been pretty intent on feeding not to notice us stopping for these pics and then passing some 50m away.

Ref: DF3_20230102_1000_019+023+025 Muntjac Reeves deer male foraging along north bridleway (approx montage).jpg

The female Reeves' Muntjac Deer (left) has entered through the normal hedge gap. The male (right) seems to have come in by another route - these seemingly impenetrable hedge stems are little barrier to creatures of this size.

Ref: BU7_20230103_2204_018 Muntjac Deer pair around south hedge gap.jpg

21 Jan 2023

As Vegans we eat quite a lots of nuts all year, and enjoy the Christmas glut of fresh nuts available from the supermarkets. Here this Grey Squirrel is using his sharp front teeth to scrape out the cooked Chestnut husks of fragments that our cutlery missed.

Ref: E64_20221227_1243_106_FB2 Grey Squirrel scraping out Chestnut husks.jpg

20 Jan 2023

A Tawny Owl landing at the Woodland site, not apparently catching anything.
The shadows of the primary feathers make this pic a bit confusing - the bird is facing right with their right eye just above the centre of the frame.

Ref: E64_20221223_1916_112_FB2 Tawny Owl at Woodland site (crop).jpg

The first of just 2 visits in one night to the Meadow Post by a Tawny Owl - this one just after dark. There is nothing close by over the post so we don't know what the owl is looking at.

Ref: D01_20221226_1654_059+1655_061_FB6 Tawny Owl makes 2 short visits each end of single night 1+2 of 5 (montage).jpg

The second of just 2 visits to the Meadow Post by a Tawny Owl - this one just before dawn. Again we don't know what the owl is looking at in the middle frame.

Ref: D01_20221227_0707_065-0809_069_FB6 Tawny Owl makes 2 short visits each end of single night 3-5 of 5 (montage).jpg

19 Jan 2023

A Wood Pigeon delicately swivels their head in an arc to pick up and swallow all the corn they can reach before moving on.

Ref: E6A_20221226_0755_006_FB5 Wood Pigeon with head turned to pick up corn.jpg

Grey Squirrels don't 'shovel in' corn - they always carefully nibble it held in their paws. While endearing to watch, it is probably that the corns need to be crumbled up for their digestive systems to extract the goodness.
Birds have a gizzard to break up hard foods that Squirrels do not.

Ref: E63_20221226_1127_051_FB1 Grey Squirrel nibbling corn grain in paws.jpg

18 Jan 2023

Sparrowhawk sightings are normally rather transient affairs, but this Sparrowhawk, obviously wet from a bath, is now having a bask and a preen in an Ash tree on the other side of the main pond.

Ref: DF5_20221226_1340_042+1334_104 Sparrowhawk female preening in Ash tree after bathing 1+9 of 9 (montage).jpg

These moments of the Sparrowhawk are here a little rescaled for consistency from 2 different cameras.

Ref: PK1_20221226_1343_659-DF5_20221226_1344_109 Sparrowhawk female preens in Ash tree after bath 2+4+5+8 of 9 (montage 2 views).jpg

Here is the Sparrowhawk departing.
Left to right the bird is perched, turns and looks behind, and dives down and out of sight. This montage is extremely stretched horizontally.

Ref: PK1_20221226_1345_718+728-731 Sparrowhawk female launching from Ash Tree branch 1-5 of 6 (impression montage).jpg

17 Jan 2023

A collapsed mouse tunnel is now big enough for a Grey Squirrel to comfortably stand in. Banana is on the menu at this moment.

Ref: E6A_20221223_1404_125_FB5 Grey Squirrel standing in Mouse cavity eating Banana.jpg

What else is there down here?

Ref: E6A_20221223_1441_139_FB5 Grey Squirrel head down in Mouse cavity.jpg

This Wood Pigeon has their head down into the ever expanding hole started by the collapsed mouse hole.

Ref: E6A_20221226_1513_104_FB5 Wood Pigeon with head in collapsed mouse hole.jpg

16 Jan 2023

At the hedge bottom the male Pheasant manages to photograph himself with his head out of the top of the frame. It seems likely that he is making his characteristic call, fluffing out his feathers as he does so making this what we think is a lovely almost abstract study

Ref: E63_20221221_1303_231_FB1 Pheasant male neck down rear view for feather detail (crop).jpg

The male Pheasant here standing in the collapsed Mouse tunnel.

Ref: E6A_20221224_1425_256_FB5 Pheasant male standing in mouse cavity.jpg

Here are two of his four 'lady friends' / Harem

Ref: E64_20221221_1319_258_FB2 2 Pheasant females feeding together at woodland site.jpg

15 Jan 2023

The camera catches this lovely Rook at the hedge bottom. His feathers are glistening in the camera flash.

Ref: E63_20221217_1454_295_FB1 Rook walking across hedge bottom.jpg

Rook Central - 4 old nests and about 20 birds in various stages of courtship.

Ref: DF3_20221227_0951_014 20 Rooks in Black Poplar with 4 last-seasons nests (orig & final).jpg

An interesting size comparison - Rook on the left, Jackdaw on the right.

Ref: D01_20221217_1413_172+1423+180_FB6 Rook and later Jackdaw on Meadow Post (montage).jpg

14 Jan 2023

It is very unusual for us to get to see a Jay other than as a photo in one of the automatic cameras, but here we see one across main pond having an extensive preen after a rather thorough bath. After grabbing a few pics through the window a magpie decided they wanted the same perch and chased off this little delight before immediately flying off themselves.

Ref: DF5_20221224_1150_008+013+011 Jay preening on silver birch after bathing 1+3+2 of 3 (montage).jpg

13 Jan 2023

We surprise the local Sparrowhawk as we exit from the front of the house.
The images are at 7 fps but arbitrarily spaced.

Ref: DF3_20221220_1256_004-006 Sparrowhawk in flight 1-3 of 3 (montage).jpg

A closer look at the first of the sequence.

Ref: DF3_20221220_1256_004 Sparrowhawk in flight 1 of 3 (crop).jpg

Obviously being startled by humans does not deter this particular Sparrowhawk for very long, here landing on the Kitchen perch about 20m away a couple of hours later. Some individuals abandon an area for a day or more if disturbed, others just give it 'a while' before returning.

Ref: E60_20221220_1502_045_FB3 Sparrowhawk landing on Kitchen perch.jpg

12 Jan 2023

In a few minutes sequence of Tawny Owl visits in the whole week, one of the arrivals includes the tail end of some unfortunate creature still on the way down the hatch.

Ref: D01_20221220_0111_101+0117_107_FB6 Tawny Owl visits to meadow post over 13m includes part swallowed prey 2+3 of 4 (montage).jpg

A few minutes later the same Tawny Owl lands on the Kitchen Window perch to take this selfie.

Ref: E60_20221220_0134_025_FB3 Tawny Owl landing on Kitchen Perch (crop).jpg

11 Jan 2023

The male Pheasant has been getting himself into a sticky mess pecking through the clay based soil. This is at the hedge bottom.

Ref: E63_20221219_1206_011_FB1 Pheasant male with beak caked in mud.jpg

80 minutes later, his beak still caked in mud, he spends 7 minutes at the Meadow Site.

Ref: E6A_20221219_1320_149+1326_150+1327_151_FB5 Pheasant male with muddy beak makes 7 minute visit to Meadow site (montage).jpg

10 Jan 2023

Snow is really miserable for grazing and foraging mammals. They must eat to keep warm but finding every mouthful is an effort.

Ref: BU8_20221217_1601_151 Muntjac Reeves Deer female foraging in snow.jpg

The following morning we see the male crossing the access track.

Ref: BU3_20221218_1130_058-060_SC6 Muntjac Reeves Deer male crossing snowy access track (montage).jpg

09 Jan 2023

Four female Pheasant have suddenly started frequenting the sites. This one is at the Woodland site before snow ...

Ref: E64_20221215_1050_035_FB2 Pheasant female.jpg

... and a day later after overnight snow this female Pheasant may be a little bewildered at the Meadow site.

Ref: E6A_20221216_0925_106_FB5 Pheasant female on snow at Meadow site.jpg

Our first Pheasant 'pair' sighting this season, as this male 'guards' one of his Harem.
This site is largely sheltered by a large conifer and the snow has already melted just a day later.

Ref: E64_20221217_0805_186_FB2 Pheasant pair at Woodland site (adjusted crop).jpg

08 Jan 2023

The cold weather has increased the incidence of Rabbits at the camera sites. This one appears at about 4 a.m. No Hares seen recently inside or outside our patch.

Ref: E6A_20221211_0346_450_FB5 Rabbit hops toward camera.jpg

Something we don't see often is these 'night' and 'day' shifts quietly co-existing.

Ref: E6A_20221213_1628_268+1629_269_FB5 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and Robin close together at Meadow site (montage).jpg

Splashes of colour in a sea of nearly greys on the right seem a little strange.
Reminds us of movies where the editor does tricks (sometimes CGI and sometimes set design) to colour only the character or thing they want to highlight.

Ref: E63_20221214_1105_255_FB1+E6A_20221215_0846_444_FB5 Grey Squirrels feeding at Hedge Bottom & snow covered Meadow (montage).jpg

07 Jan 2023

We last saw any Lapwings 11 years ago (2011) on the last year that the fields around us were used as pasture. Stepping out of the back door finds a flock of about 8 were flying over, and the camera was swiftly swung up to catch 'tail-end-Charlie' flap their way across

Ref: D72_20221210_1246_104-107 Lapwing flying overhead (from flock of about 8) 1-4 of 4 (impression montage @8fps).jpg

06 Jan 2023

At the back of the main pond we have 2 Viburnum Birkwoodii bushes that create some lift from the winter gloom by flowering in the winter. This group of buds is covered in frost icicles, but expect to flower anyway.

Ref: D72_20221210_1059_092 Viburnum Flower buds with frost spikes.jpg

Many of the plants are covered in these spiky icicles. We can't see quite why they form and may spend a little while researching it.

Ref: D72_20221211_0907_137 leaves covered in icicle spikes.jpg

This is the back of the IR beam sender that triggers the camera focussed on the top of the Meadow Post, with a still intact Spider's web now heavily frosted.

Ref: D72_20221211_0905_119 Spider web in heavy frost on IR sender.jpg

05 Jan 2023

Most of the snow (about 2.3mm of water which lays at something over 10 times the depth of snow) arrived overnight on the early hours of Monday (12th Dec) in what looks like a strong north wind. This passing fox triggered this camera which shows them probably carrying some prey in their mouth. Inspecting the frame that immediately follows, there is no sign of the pale area below the muzzle being in the background. The wind is from the North, and this and other camera facing even vaguely north soon becomes totally iced over. Tree trunks show snow adhering only to the north side.

Ref: BU5_20221212_0139_106_SC1 Fox (possibly carrying prey) in wind blown snow.jpg

"What's gone wrong with the world?"

Ref: E64_20221212_0733_116_FB2 Blackbird on freshly fallen snow at woodland site.jpg

This is our east hedge viewed from outside of the NE corner Even the evergreens are white.

Ref: D72_20221212_1226_009 East hedge looking south covered in frost.jpg

What looks like a young Fox spends a few minutes by the thoroughly frozen Duck Pond before wandering across to look over the ice.

Ref: BU8_20221213_1700_086-1703_093 Fox youngster pauses near Round Pond on snow (impression montage).jpg

04 Jan 2023

Where this Grey Squirrel found a clean Hazel nut we don't know. We have several Hazel trees but the nuts are normally snaffled by the Squirrels long before ripe.

Ref: E64_20221209_1318_189_FB2 Grey Squirrel bounding over fallen branch with Hazelnut in mouth.jpg

After the high protein nut, some apple to fill the tummy.

Ref: E64_20221209_1323_191_FB2 Grey Squirrel nibbling apple from paws.jpg

Making their own snow shower, these 2 Grey Squirrels dispute ownership of the bird table.

Ref: E60_20221212_1251_019_FB3 Grey Squirrel chasing another over snow covered kitchen bird table (crop).jpg

This Dunnock has selected a corn kernel for a mid-morning feed.

Ref: E63_20221209_1114_241_FB1 Dunnock with corn kernel in beak.jpg

03 Jan 2023

We catch this Buzzard's flight while the bird is over the main road in flapping flight, and watch as the bird changes to gliding along the 11kV cables before swooping up to arrive at a cable at 0 m.p.h. Masterful control!
First a montage of the whole sequence, starting at one frame intervals, changing to alternate frames and finally a few 'selected' as the bird lands (the last 2 shuffled along the wire in the paint package).

Ref: D72_20221208_1259_009-037 Buzzard in flight landing on 11kV cable (selected montage @8fps).jpg

Now 2 halves of the montage for more detail.

Ref: D72_20221208_1259_009-015 Buzzard in flight landing on 11kV cable (accurate montage @8fps).jpg

Ref: D72_20221208_1259_016-037 Buzzard in flight landing on 11kV cable (selected montage @8fps).jpg

02 Jan 2023

This Blue Tit makes a glowing dot in the hedge.

Ref: D72_20221208_1257_002-004 Blue Tit in thin hedge (montage).jpg

What looks like the same Robin spending 30 minutes at the hedge bottom

Ref: E63_20221210_0829_338+0811_334+0800_333_FB1 Robin spends 30 minutes feeding at hedge bottom (montage).jpg

Our dominant male Pheasant spends several minutes working his way along the fallen branch

Ref: E64_20221209_1612_235+1617_236+237_FB2 Pheasant male feeding at Woodland site (montage).jpg

01 Jan 2023

Song Thrushes are not regular visitors at any camera site, and even more unusual to see one here at the woodland site.

Ref: E64_20221207_1131_313_FB2 Song Thrush.jpg

The colours on Green Woodpeckers are really quite intense.
We have NOT 'wound up the colour' - its something about the strange evening light

Ref: D01_20221203_1547_074_FB6 Green Woodpecker (rear view) on Meadow Post.jpg



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