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Foxy lady ! [ or gentleman ]

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We have been seeing a lot of this young fox in the garden lately. The first photos were got late in the day when the light was poor. The fox is about one metre from the window. I am sure that it was aware of us just the other side of the glass but seemed… Read more »

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Rare sighting

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Just had a sighting of a shy and elusive bird which is only our third in forty years for Willowbog Farm. This rarely seen bird is a Water rail.  They are not particularly scarce as a species but hard to see even when known to be present. [ not my image just borrowed off internet… Read more »

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In Ermine

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We had this very smart chap [ or chapess ] in the garden this morning. Despite minimal winter weather so far this stoat has assumed it’s white camouflage look. In spite of the fact that this fearsome predator has resulted in part of our poultry losses in past years, it is still a delight to… Read more »

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A handsome fellow !

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No, not the Assistant Proprietor of Willowbog Bonsai, though, of course, the description applies . One of the smartest cock Pheasants we have seen here, and it looks like he knows it. Quite exotic looking! Unlike the Assistant Proprietor [ unfortunately ] he has a harem of four or five females to watch over.

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Whooper swans

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In the forty odd years of recording the birds here at Willowbog Farm we have only observed this species a handful of times. I managed to get these photos of a couple of Whooper swans on our main pond from quite some distance away. Getting any closer risked spooking the birds and we would like… Read more »

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Mysterious casualty.

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Jean found this Stoat in the Japanese garden the other day. You can see in the photograph the single puncture wound to the throat which was the only sign of injury. Hard to guess what might have done it, certainly not our cat Spanner [ don’t ask ! ] who is far too timid to… Read more »

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Golden ringed dragonfly

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I took this photo the other day. After a bit of research on the good old internet I learnt that it is a Golden ringed dragonfly, it was about 75 mm long as can be judged by comparison with the European beech leaves. The beech is a sort of clump style bonsai in Mr. Greedy’s… Read more »

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‘Mull ing’ things over !

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Jean and myself recently escaped to enjoy a four night break on the island of Mull off the west coast of Scotland. This photo, taken from one of the boat trips that we took, is quite typical of much of the island’s coastline. Another image that gives a sense of the general landscape of the… Read more »

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Wildlife and weather

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It has been a while since I posted anything concerning the wildlife at Willowbog Farm. Jean took a couple of photos the other day so it seemed only fair to use them. Like most of the UK. we have been enjoying some fabulous sunny, spring weather and there have been plenty of butterflies on the… Read more »

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