Ringing in the Wood

There was another ringing session in the wood on this beautiful late February morning. Unfortunately, it did result in the bird ringer getting bitten again – this time by this very vigorous bird:

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It is a female Great Spotted Woodpecker, something that you can tell because there is no red at all on its head. This tiny Coal Tit was also caught and ringed:

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I checked the cameras in the wood and see that there are at least two Badgers around:

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And then there was this photo which gave me a shock:

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Cat and Rabbit.

Returning now to the meadows and the ongoing Heron issue:

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I now have hundreds of photos of the Heron fishing at the pond and so many Frogs have been taken that I have completely lost count. Loads and loads. As well as the traditional fishing time of dawn, the Heron has been here through the night for the last four nights while the moon has been full and the skies clear. Here it is last night again:

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The frogs are very active at the moment as they gather to mate and lay spawn and they are falling like flies to this extremely successful predator.

However, there has been a small triumph against adversity and some spawn has been laid:

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We have been helplessly watching – admittedly initially with interest but then increasingly with alarm and a sense of injustice. This afternoon we decided to take action and have turned the pond into a bit of a war zone:

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We have attempted to create some areas of refuge for the frogs to even out the odds a bit. But it’s another clear and bright night out there now so we await to see if this has been any help when we go through the cameras in the morning.

Other news from the meadows is that we have got the Sparrow terrace up into position – three new homes in one, now awaiting tenants:

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A nice view of the long-legged female Sparrowhawk about to take a bath:

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A wonderful shot of a Badger – short-sighted but an extremely able smeller, checking out the state of affairs before she emerges into the meadows from the safety of the cliff:

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Our hedgerow that adjoins the farmers field was getting very overgrown and hadn’t been cut for quite a while:

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Although we don’t want to cut it every year to leave as many berries as possible to provide food through the winter, it does need cutting every so often to keep it as a healthy hedge. There are no berries left by this point in the year and so now seemed a good time to cut it before the nesting season gets underway.

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A tractor with a cutting arm works along the hedgerow.

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The meadows have been to the barbers and the hedgerow now looks ready to spring back into life with renewed vigour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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