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Friday, April 3rd 2015

Driving in this morning a male Blackbird was seen sitting on the roadside.  Roe Deer were also seen near the road.  A little further on a flash of brown and the realisation that a Weasel had run across the road carrying what looked like a Bank Vole.  There was no black tip to the tail so a Weasel not a Stoat.

Walking around, some interesting visitors to the newly coppiced Willow Carr, a pair of Greylag Geese.  Now the area is open they can fly into the Voley Pond.  Not sure how the Water Vole will take these new neighbours.

Greylag Goose in the Willow Carr

We often rely on the signs that animals leave behind to record their presence.  Droppings of Fox and Roe Deer are often seen.  At this time of year it is only after mist and rain that we know spiders are around, as their webs become covered in water droplets.

Water droplet covered spider's web

Yesterday the lichens were dry when touched, today after the rain they were soft and of course covered in droplets of water!

Lichen with water droplets!


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