Perhaps Foxes sometimes get a bit overlooked on these pages, but they are such a big part of what goes on here that I start today with a collection of recent photos of them:
Every day I go through a day’s worth of videos of the foxes and badgers going about their predictable daily routines and then something like this happens:
The fox presumably found the Dogfish on the beach below the cliffs here.
But now to move onto birds. It has been quite windy recently and the bird ringer has managed to get his nets up just once in the last couple of weeks:
He didn’t catch many birds but he did get a Firecrest:
A wonderful bird. Another wonderful bird is this male Pheasant who was poking around in the left hand copse. We don’t often see Pheasants here:
I am not sure about wonderful, but this female Sparrowhawk is certainly impressive:
I’m always surprised at how oversized Crows’ beaks seem to be. Also, the one at the back here appears to have a classic pirates peg leg:
Always delighted to see the three Grey Partridge:
And also the Green Woodpecker who frequently turns up on various cameras:
I have got to include this photo of a Jay with a ridiculous hairstyle:
We have twice flushed a Woodcock from the hedgerow in recent days and so set up a couple of cameras to see if we could get a picture of it. It is a crepuscular bird, being most active at dawn and dusk and as such is a challenge to photograph. This is the best we have managed so far – here it is flying in the distance in the pitch dark but just caught in the infra red flash.
An even less clear image is this one below, although it is also exciting:
This is a screen shot from a video. On the video itself, it was obvious from the way it was moving that this is a mustelid – probable Stoat we think and the first Stoat that we have seen here.
I haven’t mentioned Badgers yet and I must put that right. Bedding gathering going on here and they have found some more reeds from somewhere:
And major sniffing of the air to see what’s about. What prominent noses they have.
I have left this diminutive, beautiful Field Pansy that is flowering in the weedy strip until last
It is so tiny and delicate and a surprise for us to find Pansies flowering in Early November.