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February 2024 - wildlife: from the Somerset Levels

February 14th 2024. Another deer, but not the same doe, was chewing the cud, then feeding, in exactly the same place as yeasterday. When she stoood up she looked remarkably scruffy; possibly the start of the moult. Taken during first light.

Roe doe, Capreolus capreolus

February 13th 2024. A quite young Roe deer was sunning itself on a scrappy lawn at the back of the house. She was chewing the cud and looked quite happy, but the day was heavily overcast and wet. Later, I checked the trail camera and found a number of interesting Roe deer shots, though the alignment of the camera had suffered during the last card removal - now corrected. Only one was coloured, taken during the daylight. Exposure is improving, though I am not quite sure why.

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus f

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus f

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus f

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus f

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus f

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus f

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus f

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus f 

February 10th 2024.  A fine end of morning was spent at Catcott Lows today, sunshine for much of the time, clear and brilliant. The story of the day was a long visit by a juvenile female Marsh harrier. crossing re-crossing in front, scaring the parts off the large flocks of duck present. Before that, Fiona pointed out a couple of bumblebee queens - probably Bombus terrestris - feeding on the still-present flowers of a potted Perennial wallflower on the terrace.

Common teal, Anas crecca

Shoveler, Anas clypeatus m

Shoveler, Anas clypeatus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

 

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

 Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

February 3rd 2024. Catcott Lows brought some suprises this morning. The weather was not perfect, but adequate, sun then clouded over every so often. There were far fewer ducks than expected but snipe had appeared on the edge of the pond closest to the hide, quite unexpected. When they are seen, and that is not very frequently, it is usually on the far side, well out of close views.

 

Starling, Sturnus vulgaris

Wigeon, Anas penelope

Shoveler, Anas clypeata m

 

Common snipe, Gallinago gallinago

Common snipe, Gallinago gallinago

Common snipe, Gallinago gallinago

Common snipe, Gallinago gallinago

Common snipe, Gallinago gallinago

Common snipe, Gallinago gallinago

February 1st 2024. A brief visit to Catcott Lows brought some unexpected pictures, not the usual waterfowl. The young Stonechat was particular, the colouring so subtle. On the way back, another memorable capture was the Linnet, I had just told someone that I had no picture of this species, normally too flighty for me. Not brilliant pictures but pleasing to add to the list.

Stonechat, Saxicola torquata m

Stonechat, Saxicola torquata m

Common buzzard, Buteo buteo

Linnet,  Carduelis cannabina