Sunday, 26 April 2015

Other Than Voles

Brown rat - very different from a water vole

Sexton beetle

Early Thorn

Mum fox, and cubs




Smug rabbit


Starting to get sightings now in the field off Edgeley Road. In the meantime, hedgehogs are crowding the garden, and I was lucky enough to get this glimpse of a family of fox cubs playing on the other side of town.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Eyes






This water vole with an infected eye has been around for about ten days now at White Lion Meadow car park. It's a wound probably received from a rat or another vole. I've seen several voles over the years with just one eye, and they seem to cope; the female last year brought up at least one litter.

Meanwhile I'm starting to see latrines and burrows that are definitely water vole in the field off Edgeley Road. I don't know why this colony's so late in getting started.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

White Lion Meadow Getting Busy






I don't think I've ever seen as many burrows in the banks there.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Fantastic Photo - Water Vole Eating a Fish!


This amazing shot comes from Iain Green, and proves what's long been suspected: that water voles enjoy a sneaky bit of non-vegetarian food on the sly.

There is one other recorded example I know of a water vole eating fish, and it's mentioned in a book by S A Ryder, where a captive pregnant female was observed feasting on a dead perch.

It's quite possible the vole in Iain's picture is also pregnant, and needing extra protein.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Three Voles at White Lion Meadow.










These photos show two voles from White Lion Meadow, but neither of them is the one I saw last night because that one had bad mange around its eye. Which means at least three adults there already - an excellent start to the breeding season!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Burrows: Now With Voles


Lots of burrows by the timber merchant's.


Below, the litter-strewn mess that is White Lion Meadow car park, but also a latrine that's appeared on the bank.



Below, water voles fight for territory at Black Park Road.



Deluxe accommodation.

Monday, 6 April 2015

First Photo of 2015


 White Lion Meadow vole (next to the car park at Tesco)




 Pringles-tube-sized burrows at Greenfields (Whitchurch Country Park), the railway bridge near Homebase (Railwayman's Cottage), Broughall, Black Park Road and Edward German Drive.



Feeding, plus the only latrine I've seen so far this year (at Edward German Drive)


There are signs along the whole of this stretch.

Not a water vole, but a bank vole (I think) which swam out in front of me in the Country Park, and paddled about for a while.

The photo's poor because the light levels were low, but it was great to watch this healthy-looking water vole yesterday evening. At long last burrows are appearing, but not really any latrines yet. The Whitchurch water voles are really behind in their schedule this year. Let's hope the warm weather spurs them on.