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Monthly Archives: May 2011

(Click images to enlarge) The hog weed, stinging nettles and Himalayan balsam are around seven feet tall in the wood alongside Hoo Brook. Each week it gets more difficult to see the wildlife, let alone photograph it. On the west side of North Pond, the grass, reeds and other plant life are just above four feet high, and around two feet high tall on the east side? It’s the pheasants and rabbits I see most often… Read More

WEDNESDAY – 26TH MAY: … to their summer home in a small knoll alongside the swamp fence. I heard a kerfuffle whilst walking along a track, saw a cock pheasant rise above the long grass and a fox jumped up and grabbed him; there was a fair amount of squawking, and then silence. I crept along a track at the edge of the grass to get a better view, forgot to take… Read More

Sunday May 22nd 2011: On Friday there was only one duckling swimming with its mother on North Pond. I guess the culprit responsible for predating the ducklings was either an owl, a mink, or the foxes, or all of these. I have seen plenty of owls on the marsh; I have seen mink footprints in the mud by the large oak tree alongside the pond, and of course, the foxes regularly visit… Read More

(Click images to enlarge) Sunday May 15th 2011: … find their food on the same pasture. I heard Poncey’s call as I made my way through the North Pond wood. I eased myself onto the pasture and stood close to a bush, next to the electricity pylon. In the distance, Poncey was standing opposite a rabbit and it looked, for all the world, as if he was having a conversation with the rabbit,… Read More

Saturday May 14th 2011: … is a big old pheasant who patrols the pasture east of the North Pond and also a large part of the lagoon field; he is a fine specimen. I haven’t given any of the other marsh animals a name – it’s not what I do. I  haven’t considered pheasants capable of exhibiting any form of interesting character trait. Pheasants are severely lacking in the brain department –… Read More

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