Saturday, 5 March 2016

The First Tentative Signs

 The brook at Black Park Road


  
The year's first water vole burrows, in the field off Edgeley Road



Field vole feeding and droppings.

6 comments:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

So observant to find such signs!

Kate said...

Hundreds of hours' practice! Just you wait till I start seeing latrines. :-)

LaPré DelaForge said...

We have activity too!!
Just putting the pix into the blog post...
some nice video too.... but every time it has swum past...
I've not been able to get the camera up, focused, etc. in time.
I'll just have to sit outside the front door with the camera ready...

I've already played "Pooh voles" twice...
rushing from the lounge windows to the front door, to see it come out under the bridge....
but we've had a lot of rain recently and the millstream is in spate...
and "Socks" has been using the current...
and been too quick for me to catch a few frames!!
So we've got the LtlAcorn in place on a tripod and are relying on him taking "selfies"!

Kate said...

I'm very envious! Love your picture of a goldcrest, by the way.

LaPré DelaForge said...

The blog post is now up...

"The Owl in t'Ole, the Vole's 'Oles and a Coypu's rear end...."
the latest post from Aigronne Valley Wildlife tells of the trials and tribulations....
of getting good evidence of species activity!!

http://le-moulin-de-la-forge.blogspot.fr/2016/03/the-owl-in-tole-voles-oles-and-coypus.html

And the name "Socks" for our vole is because...
to me anyway... they look just like a pair of socks fresh from the clothes-line...
all bundled up ready for the sock-drawer... and floating along on top of the water.

The Goldcrest picture on Aigronne V.W. is one of my brother's...
as yet, I've never got near enough to one!!
But the little Siskins that are around at the moment are the most confiding little critters... they actually line up and watch me filling the feeders!!
They think I'm "Staff"...just like the cats!

Kate said...

Socks!! I love it. Terrific images, too.