Fox mating time

It’s the time of the year for Foxes to get together for mating and this seems to be happening with our daily visiting Fox down the Lane.

Fox waiting for food

Daphne, as we call her, has been coming here since early Summer. I started to feed her as at that time she seemed quite poorly.
Needless to say, she got wind of this and it became a daily procedure of sitting alongside the Garden in the large drive waiting for food to be suitably served.
This could be any time from 2pm !

Over the last week or so much barking has been heard in the early hours of the morning, mainly in the front Garden. It would seem that young ones will not be far away in late March or April!

Nuthatch on Tree

Birds around the Garden

Yesterday I did an experiment as to how many varieties of birds I could see in a 10 minute watch of the Feeders – Blackbirds, Dunnocks, Robins, House Sparrows, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Collared Doves, Starling, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch (quite rare here).

Don’t forget the 2017 RSPB National Birdwatch – 28th to 30th. January. Information on the RSPB Web Site here

Stopping Rats climbing Bird Table
Thorn twigs around the base of the Bird Table to prevent Rats and Mice climbing !!

All n all pretty pleasing, especially the House Sparrows for which we have probably a dozen nesting in the Ivy at the back of the house during the night.
With such a decline of these once extremely common Birds, it’s a joy.

Male House Sparrow on Bird Table

With some snow on the way it will give me a good opportunity of strolling around both the Garden and Fields to see what footprints I can find. For some time I’ve been wondering if Badgers are present on the perimeter of the nearby woods. If they are there, an added bonus and I can set up my Trail Camera accordingly.

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