Fur and Feathers

Sunday, September 17th 2017

I have just realised that my blogs often fall into two categories plants and animals.  Yesterday it was plants today animals.

On Wednesday, although we did not get many moths as it was quite a cool night with some wind and rain, we did get some quality ones.  It was too windy to place them on leaves but they did sit still on our sheltered log.  When this close up of a Hedge Rustic was examined you can see that it appears  to have a nice furry coat around its head.

Close up of Hedge Rustic face

Our bat boxes will be checked on Wednesday but this tiny Pipistrelle was quite happy hanging around in the hide.  They do eat a great many insects.

Pipistrelle bat

People have reported that they had seen the Water Voles.  I hadn't and was a little disappointed.  Walking along quite noisily with my pup in front, I saw that the apple was a bit bigger than it should be, so we stopped rather abruptly, and the camera started to click.  I am sure it knew it was being watched.  You can see its claws on the front paws.  Its little nose and whiskers are clear.

Water Vole

It then turned round a little to see me all the better and you can see the typical sharp yellow teeth that it uses so well to demolish the apples.

Water Vole

CES is finished and we are back to having a little more of a lie in.  It was a small group of ringers this morning so not too many nets up.  161 birds were processed, including a Willow Tit, a very rare visitor to the ringing room.

Willow Tit

Some Great Tits, ringed in the nest boxes this spring, continue to thrive.  Goldcrests appear to have had a good breeding season and are back in our conifers for the winter.  Several were newly ringed.   Although Chiffchaffs have been heard around the reserve only two were caught.   The amazing beak of this Treecreeper, used to hunt for insects and larvae in tree bark is in contrast to that of the seed eating Willow Tit above.

Treecreeper

Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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