Hide in the snow


Such a surprise this morning to wake up and find the ground covered in a thin layer of snow.

Within a few minutes of entering the wood I spotted a fox trotting along the hedgerow. I stopped and set up my hide in the hedge, although I think it had already seen me.

Watching the fox sprint across the field in to the opposite hedgerow, disappointment sank in. I thought that was the only glimpse of the fox I was going to get today.

Snow gradually to turn into heavy rain and water started to drip into the hide, I began to question whether I should head home and give up for today.

Still waiting, about 20 minutes later, with freezing toes and a wet leg, I was happy to see the same Fox run out from the wood, completely the other side from where it had disappeared. It slowly stalked across in front of the hide. Silently raising my camera I managed to get a few photos before he slipped back in to the wood.

Fox in snow 5Fox in snow 2

A trail of fox footprints told me that he must have circled behind the hide while I was waiting for him.

paw prints in the snow

Back home the bird table was busy as ever, from Long-Tailed Tits to Pigeons, chaffinches to sparrows, all bickering over the fat balls.

Long tailed tit

Pigeon in snow

Rat in the snow

Chaffinchsnow and fungi

Yesterday my mum called me saying that there was a Barn Owl a couple of miles down the road.

After a night of consistent rain the owl was still hunting at nearly midday. Barn owl feathers aren’t very water resistant so they tend to avoid hunting in the rain.

During the winter months the Barn owl’s main food, small mammals, such as Field Voles, Common Shrews and Wood Mice tend to become less active throughout the cold nights and more active during the day, meaning Barn owls can often be seen hunting during the day.

To preserve energy, during the winter months, Barn owls hunt from perches, like this fence post, rather than hunting from the air.

I took this photo out of a car window while we were stopped at a traffic light.

Barn owl

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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8 Responses to Hide in the snow

  1. Wonderful photos. The fungus on the tree is striking and I was shivering with the wee birds. IN our garden the fat balls and suet pellets go from about eight feeders in a day, but the birds need the energy and am grateful to be able to provide it for them.

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  2. Well Iā€™m be sticking it out in cold wet snow! Great photos
    Also love the barn owl!, what a stunner šŸ˜‰ā¤ļøšŸ¦‰

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  3. Neil says:

    Some very atmospheric shots here.

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  4. ramblingratz says:

    Informative as ever with some lovely photos. That poor rat must have had very cold toes šŸ˜‰

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  5. Helen White says:

    Wonderful collection of sightings! I was lucky enough to have a barn owl glide slowly in front of my car on a dark lane a couple of nights ago but have never managed to get that close to a fox.

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  6. Adam Canning says:

    Great stuff Alex. Perseverance pays off! šŸ˜€ šŸ‘šŸ»

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