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Sub Zero

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:49 am

With the ‘Beast from the East’ in full swing, and temperatures hitting well below 0, the garden is packed with birds looking for shelter and a easy meal.
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Alex
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Snow sculptures and footprints

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:48 pm

Along the footpath between two open fields, the wind had swept the snow up against the brambles causing natural sculptures like waves breaking on the shore.

Rabbits determined not to let the snow disturb their daily life, climbed, slid down and fought their way to and from their burrows. Fresh tracks in and muddy tracks out showed the warmth and dryness of their chambers underneath the ground.

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Thank you for looking

Alex
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Is Spring finally here?

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:56 am

What a change a week has made.

Last Sunday I was blogging about snow, while this weekend I was taking photos of hares, Spring flowers and ladybirds.

The woodland floor is changing rapidly, from the dull browns of the fallen leaves to yellows and greens of shoots, Primroses and Celandine.

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Alex
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Starlings

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:35 pm

It was fascinating to watch as they squabbled for a position on the wire, some hanging upside down, others walking across the backs of the other Starlings, pecking and bickering to find a spot.

Every so often a large group would arrive causing more mayhem, then a group would be pushed off, circle and try to land again.

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Alex
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Winter again

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:57 pm

After seeing my first Brimstone Butterfly of the year on Friday my local patch seems to have returned to winter this weekend.

I do wonder how all the butterflies, bees, other insects and plants which started to emerge in the last week will cope with this sudden freeze.

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Alex
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Work experience

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:11 pm

Over the last week I have been doing Work Experience at The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.  I really enjoyed working here and I am very grateful for the opportunity.
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Alex
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Halo around the moon

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:20 pm

The halo is a sign of high thin cirrus clouds around 20,000 feet up in the sky. The clouds hold millions of minute ice crystals that are refracted by light causing the halo to be visible.

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Alex
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Badger skull

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:47 am

While out walking I noticed a badger skull in a ditch. As I have never noticed it there before and nearby was a newly excavated badger hole, I am presuming it was dug out with the spoil.

With help from people on social media I now know that this skull is from an adult female badger that probably had a tooth ulcer

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Alex
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Barn owl hunting

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:21 am

Just after sunset we left the house to go badger watching.

On social media many people are reporting they are seeing their badgers now appearing in daylight.

The moment we stepped in to the field we were distracted by a barn owl hunting.

While watching the barn owl quartering the field, for nearly an hour, all thoughts of the badgers left.

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Hope you enjoy the film clips
Alex
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Badger watching in comfort

Postby Appletonwildlifediary » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:07 pm

Last night a few of us were very kindly invited to attend a badger watching session.
Badgers often visit this garden, along with foxes and deers.
During the evening four different badgers and two foxes appeared.
A couple of the badgers even came right up to the window, even though there was 11 of us watching just the other side.

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