I’ve had the week off school due to a Streptococcus infection which meant I haven’t been able to go much further than the doctors or my garden.
It has actually been great having time to do nothing other than watch #wildlifefrommywindow
The orchard, over my back garden fence has been the busiest place, full of birds such as Fieldfares, Redwings and Blackbirds taking advantage of all the fallen fruit. A male and female Muntjac were also helping themselves, taking whole apples at a time.
The normal garden birds have been using the garden feeders. As I watched the Bluetits, Coal tits and Great tits feeding a Sparrowhawk swooped down out of nowhere, twisted under the garden arch, passed the feeder in a second and banked over the garden wall in to the orchard. All that was left was a single feather floating to the ground.
I noticed that each lunchtime a Raven passes over the garden flying North towards the river, making a cr- r- ruck sound as it passes over the garden. Occasionally it stops for a while on the nearby pylon.
The badgers have been busy over night so I put out my trail camera but they managed to avoid it.
The second night I put the trail cam next to one of the hedgehog highways in our garden and filmed a Wood mouse.
By yesterday I was feel well enough to go out for a short walk in to the woods. For the first time since the harvesting took place I saw a hare. It lolloped through the trees, under the brambles and out in to the field.
With the dark afternoon and the fog descending the only good photos I took were ones of fungi.