Saturday, 12 July 2014

Rare this year.

Summer rushes on and it really is being one to remember weather wise, delightful.

Last night I put the auto trail camera at the end of the path across the bean field that leads to the badger sett in the woodland at the edge of the RAF airfield. I scattered a few peanuts and pony nuts and was pleased with the results when I edited the video, shown here:-

There was quite a lot of Fox activity so they are still about in numbers that will be unlikely to survive when winter comes. They tend to hunt alone but often meet. So far they are tolerating each other but when food gets more difficult to find that may change.
 I was delighted to capture just 20 seconds of this gracious visitor.

Roe deer have been a rare sight this year. The wonderful summer weather has allowed the grasses to grow so tall that there is masses of cover for them to hide in and the farmer has not killed the weeds growing in the bean crop. In addition the RAF airfield is fringed with a wide band of wild land; and this has not been cropped for rough hay as in past years, so it may be that they are out there, just not having their photos updated!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

New month - new visitors

The new month began and Barney had a new epileptic fit! Not nice but just one of life's little obstacles. Apparently there is nothing worth doing and he should suffer no harm so I just have to enjoy his company between fits.

Meanwhile, after weeks of virtually nothing on the camera, the latest shots showed that there are interesting animals out there.

The video is here:-

Sorry that the camera misted up early this morning but just think of it as"arty"!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

24 hours at the edge of the woods

There is very little activity at the edge of the woods this summer in comparison to previous years.
I left the camera for 48 hours and captured very little.
The roe deer and the badgers are ranging elsewhere.
Perhaps the work undertaken on deepening and clearing the ditch disturbed their settled routine. We may have to wait a year or two for a new pattern to emerge.

Meanwhile the young fox with the distinctive tail marking (a 2014 cub) is still thriving and the Muntjak stag had a good look at the camera and later nuzzled it, so he is no longer phased by its presence. A female Muntjak also passed by some hours later.

Short video here:-

Meanwhile the Appleyard duck hatched 2 of her eggs and within a day had lost one of the ducklings. Deciding she was not a very good mother I have attempted to integrate the remaining duckling with the 2 call ducklings hatched by the brown hen. initial results look hopeful.

The water lillies on the fish pond are in full flower.

Monday, 16 June 2014

A few heart racing seconds.

Last evening I strolled across the Bean field (via the wild life tracks) with Barney and my tiny HD video camera. Unlike the previous evening (when I did not have the camera) we did not see the 2 Muntjak deer or the Roe deer stag.

Barney is very good at watching deer and will not chase them so long as I tell him to be quiet and watch, but then I know they can easily out run him.

He is trained to chase rabbits (who damage the garden), Squirrels (who pinch the nuts) and foxes (who kill and eat our hens and ducks) but in every case they can out run and out manoeuvre him. And the exercise does him good.

He has only once met a Badger as far as I know and it was a slightly alarming stand off in the pitch black of night. I could not see, but judging by the noises, the badger did not run so Barney did not chase then the Badger made a bolt for freedom and Barney chased half heartedly and came back to me with lots of swagger as if he had won a great battle of will but I think was relieved.

So as we walked along the field hedge towards the Badger Sett I peered through the trees to see two Badger Cubs were up and out of the sett only feet from me and on course to meet Barney within seconds. You can see what happened in the next few moments here:-

Barney was extremely well behaved but it was a while before my heart rate returned to normal.