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!