2016 Notes

2016 Notes

The wildlife without exception here think that SPRING is nearly here.. Thrushes are singing from dawn, the badger activity has escalated dramatically, in the three videos below the badgers are running around 10-12 feet off the ground on their tree highway and guess what the ponds were half frozen over last night the coldest night here in 4 months.
You will see in the first video below the second badger on the Highway knock off a stone which obviously made a noise when it hit the ground frightening both badgers off the ” Highway ” in seconds. Bear in mind that they are in pitch black conditions how the heck can they run so quickly without falling off the Highway???

Finish the peanuts and a quick inspection around the camera and a careful exit from the highway (video below)

On the Highway by a too late badger, a quick look for peanuts and off again (In the video below)

I saw a red kite out hunting in the sunshine while writing these notes (9.48am on 16th Feb 2016)

A Jay on the Badger highway looking for any morsels that the badgers may have left, It was not there for more than 3 seconds!

A Jay on the Badger highway looking for any morsels that the badgers may have left, It was not there for more than 3 seconds!


Added on 18th Feb 2016
Below a short video showing some of what happens to last years fallen apples in daylight, after dark the deer, badgers and an occasional fox help themselves I am very thankful to them as it avoids an acid build up in the soil which would affect the apple tree.

2016 Notes

The badger emergence last evening was 6.48pm
It did not take the badgers long after a 3 month rest period to find a few peanuts hidden on our “tree badger climbing frame” (about an hour) see video below

The first three badgers photographed on the "tree" in 2016

The first three badgers photographed on the “tree” in 2016



Ignore the date on this video.

2016 Notes

I had a good sighting of a Barn Owl this morning, it was still out hunting at 7.30am
The badger emergence is around 6.30pm.
We still have apples lying under some of our apple trees which provides food for many birds including Field fares, Redwings, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Wood Peckers,Jay’s and many other varieties of birds some of which can be seen in the video below.

Also badgers deer and grey squirrels!!(deer shown in the video below)

2016 Notes

5th February 2016
Two minutes from completing my morning dog walk I was treated to one of the most spectacular events that I have seen for some time, I just wish I had my video camera with me.
I had spotted a barn owl (who is currently resident in one of our barn owl boxes) out hunting around our hedges and our 7-8 acre wood half way through my dog walk, but as I neared my house 20 minutes later I could see the barn owl coming toward me down the other side of the hedge at about 4-5 feet in altitude with lots of swerves etc as they do! A Red Kite then dropped out of the sky toward the Barn Owl which I had noted was carrying a mouse or vole!! for the next 60 seconds or so I saw a flying display second to none, which included both raptors flying upside down at different times such was the determination of the Red Kite to steal the Barn Owls breakfast. Once the Barn Owl arrived at the trees around our farm building it was safe from the kite stealing its breakfast.

4th February 2016
The badger emergence is temporarily getting earlier but as the dusk gets later they will emerge around half an hour after last light.
I was pleased to see four badgers together outside the running water hide last evening even if they did argue somewhat.