Thursday, 14 June 2018

Tons of voles, and a weasel




This water vole has an injury to its eye, but the cut is healing well and the vole seems fine.




This water vole is a young adult, in tip top condition.



  
Various latrines. Very often the presence of feasting slugs will indicate where there's trampled poo!






Four Spotted Chaser?


Green Hairstreak


Slow worm


Excitingly, lots of water vole latrines at Cuckoo Corner, Whixhall Moss.


I put a trail cam out to watch a burrow where activity had declined, and caught this weasel on film! So perhaps the voles have shifted up- or down-stream.



The lovely rounded bottom of a vole.




A climbing vole at White Lion Meadow! They are not built for acrobatics, and
 often fall off into the water.


An adult vole that seems to be blind in one eye. It could be another fighting injury.


Not a great photo, but the first one of a baby vole this year.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Normal Vole Service









I've seen my first baby water vole of the year, but it was too nervous for me to get a photo. However, the adults are showing well - there are two individuals here, the lower one having an injured eye which I'm pleased to say is healing well.


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Red Squirrel Takeover!














On a trip to Scotland this weekend I was lucky enough to meet up with a friend who knew of some local red squirrels. It was really interesting to note the colour variations in their coats, and the obvious features denoting sex, which meant my friend could identify individuals with relative ease. So different from water voles who, barring size and scarring, all look pretty similar!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Whitwater Fishing Pool







I checked out Whitwater Fishing Pool (with permission from the owner) and there are some good water vole signs there. They're quite subtle, though, and hard to spot. Meanwhile, activity's still present at White Lion Meadow and Edgeley Road.