Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yesterday was my first day back at Scrag after a trip, leading a group, to India.
It couldn't have been a better day to come back with bright, spring sunshine and 15 degrees.  There were the first brimstone butterflies patrolling the woodland edges in search of a mate and their larval foodplant, purging buckthorn.
Flowers are out too, with violets, lesser celandine and large clumps of primrose.
I checked under the reptile refuges, hoping for slow worms, grass-snake or even adders, but unfortunately only found a bank vole.
While checking one of the owl boxes a dog-fox ran straight past me, within 10m or so.  The wind was from the east so he was oblivious of me.  I also found an area of disturbed earth where a vixen had a litter last year; unfortunately, last year, she moved them, but I shall keep an eye on the site for developments as the earth looks freshly disturbed.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Goldfinches are finally feeding on the feeders again after a 3 month absence. Although, the birds have been around, the squirrels have repeatedly torn open the niger seed feeders and have meant an irregular supply of food.  
Now they are back though, they are going through the feed at the rate of knots!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Same location, different animal!
A nice piece of footage that one of the remote cameras caught a couple of weeks ago.