2010 Notes

 

Our badgers have obviously been finding plenty of food this autumn as they emerge from their setts, exit our badger watch arena for blackberry picking and scavenging the windfall damsons from our damson trees, picking up the occasional earthworm or leather jacket before returning to find rewards after 11pm. In between times good and  frequent sightings of roe and fallow deer have been made during the past week along with our resident barn owl and a visiting tawny owl. A wren thinking that the floodlight was the sun flew into a hide at 11pm one evening during last week. 

We have been progressing the sowing of winter wheat this week and have been treated to good observations of about 40 green finches accompanied by approx 20 twite and a handful of goldfinches plus all of our usual feathered friends. I was really pleased that we had a very late pair of swallows arrive nest and bring up and fledge 4 fledglings, all of them have now departed for a warmer climate.

 While walking my two spaniels around the farm I have seen signs of a visit from a very shy fox. The fox is seldom seen and has not been seen here for at least a week.

 The last time he was spotted, was while Shane and I walked with my spaniels along the Traitors Ford road one afternoon, there languishing at the bottom of a field very close to the brook (river Sib) was the red fox in super condition. Shane and I wondered what he was doing mid afternoon on a sunny day in full view apparently unconcerned by our presence although we were 200 metres away. A few minutes later we could see why he was there, about 8 or 9 pheasants could be seen approaching alongside the brook, Shane quickly photographed the fox and then we left him in peace to catch his dinner.

 The size of the scanes of Canada geese flying over early morning and after dark at night seems to double each year. There are so many now that it is now near impossible to count them all.

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