Saturday, 14 July 2018

Further Violence!


 Very young juvenile.

 Greyish adult.

 Possibly a family group.

 Unusually dark adult. 

 Literally stands on my foot to get a better view of the enemy.

I think the reason I'm seeing so much fighting this year is because I sit at the junction between two territories. 

Many thanks to the people who came to litter-pick round the White Lion Meadow voles today!

Monday, 9 July 2018

White Lion Meadow and Upstream


 Edgeley Road vole


 I saw this feeding, then came across a very dead vole near some garages where the vegetation's too thick to get near the banks. So although it's sad for the vole, even a body is encouraging because it shows presence of a colony there.

Below, a feeding station and a baby vole that came out to feed at White Lion Meadow this evening.




Saturday, 7 July 2018

Water Shrew










I don't often get footage of water shrews, though I see them a lot. They are SO quick! Of the voles featured tonight, I think there are perhaps five individuals, the most distinctive being the juvenile with the white spot on its head which I saw as a much smaller baby.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

 Glow worm!


 I'm seeing about five voles per evening, a mixture of babies, juveniles and adults.















 This is a baby vole, about the size of a Brussels sprout.


It's hard to see what's going on at White Lion Meadow because of the thick vegetation. However, I know there are water voles about because of tiny field signs like this angle-cut bramble.

Territorial


There's a lot of fighting over territory as the young become adult. Sometimes the older ones drive out the younger generation, and sometimes I gather it's the other way round. Neither of these skirmishes is serious, but they are noisy and energetic!

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Overwhelmed by Voles




 Whose big foot is this?


 Fuzzy and dark fur: another juvenile.

 This is how close they come: there are three voles in this picture.










 Even though this is only a young vole, you can clearly see the scent glands on its flanks.






 Pink tongue!




I'm seeing at least five an hour, though it could be more.