Thursday, 25 April 2013
Monday, 22 April 2013
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Spot the vole
White Lion Meadow
Water vole droppings. They're too small for rat, and also they're rounded at the end, not pointed.
It makes sense, when you're as prone to predation as the water vole, to eat with your backside half inside a burrow.
Meanwhile the droppings at White Lion meadow car park show definite water vole presence there. A female sometimes nests under the bank near here, so it could be the same set-up again this year.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
The colony off Edgeley Road is really getting going.
Mystery bird - probably a lesser redpoll but possibly a linnet?
Otter spraint under the bridge at Quoisley
Frogs spawning in our pond.
This last six weeks we have had three new species of bird in the garden (see above); this is on top of the usual greenfinches, goldfinches, siskins, blue tits, great tits and coal tits, nuthatches,starlings, blackbirds, song thrushes,dunnocks and house sparrows, wood pigeons, jackdaws and crows. It's also been spawn time for the frogs - twenty one clumps of spawn so far - and at night the lawn's been covered in common newts.
Just one familiar face missing from all this spring revelry and that's the hedgehog. The one in the shed's either dead or still hibernating, and I haven't seen the compost heap hog about either. However, this afternoon I did spot what I think is hedgehog scat by the bird bath, so I'm putting the trail camera out tonight along with the usual saucer of cat food.
Sunday, 7 April 2013
This is how small weasels are. The hole he is peeping out of is a water vole burrow!
I've now spotted this weasel - or one very like it - three times in six weeks. This is obviously his (her) hunting patch. I must see if I can find out about the impact of weasel predation on water vole colonies.