2nd March 2012: It is almost the end of my first week of spring. I noticed a few cherry trees in full bloom whilst driving through Kidderminster early this evening.
The wood and the marsh are slowly coming to life. Walking through Hoo Wood this morning I came across tufts of badger hair strewn across a track, evidence of a badger brawl. In the early evening darkness, I heard pecking sounds coming from inside a dead, rotting and bracket fungus covered silver birch tree. I guess the sounds were made by a woodpecker working the night shift.
A fox sensed a mole moving below ground in the north pasture. It ran repeatedly between two mole hills, with its nose close to the ground, presumably attempting to locate the mole as it moved underground. Suddenly, the fox began leaping in the air and landing heavily on its front paws. I guessed it was trying to collapse the mole’s tunnel. In between each leaping session, the fox stood motionless, watching the ground and listening intently. I assumed it was waiting for the mole to clear the fallen earth from its tunnel. I watched this episode develop through binoculars. There was further leaping, listening and motionless watching. The fox slowly backed away, again with its nose close to the ground, before turning and running in a wide semi-circle to an attack position above the mole hill. The seconds passed until the fox finally leapt high into the air. As it landed, it pushed its snout deep into the mole hill and extracted the mole. What a wonderful spectacle.