Tuesday, 31 January 2017

It's not all Birds at the Ingrebourne Valley

Went to the visitors centre for a cuppa and someone said, " there's a mouse outside on top of  some weeds and it's very small "
So out I went with the camera. Yes it was a mouse, not a House mouse, but a Harvest mouse. A beautiful little creature.

 Harvest mice are extremely active climbers and feed in the stalk zone of long grasses and reeds, particularly around dusk and dawn. Their hearing is acute and they will react sharply; they either freeze or drop into cover in response to rustling sounds up to 7m away.

They eat a mixture of seeds, berries and insects, although moss, roots and fungi may also be taken. Harvest mice sometimes take grain from cereal heads.

Records of this species are taken because they are thought to have become much scarcer in recent years and they require conservation plans to reverse the decline. Changes in habitat management and agricultural methods are thought to be the main cause for the loss of populations from certain areas.

Rainham Marshes visit

A few photo's from the Purfleet hide and around the reserve on the 11th January:
 Robin, Redwing, Dunnock, only one Bar-tailed Godwit sighted on the Purfleet scrape. Plenty of Wigeon, Teal, Lapwing, Shoveler. 3 Meadow Pipits and 2 Curlew. 
A little cloudy, breezy but a joy to get out.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Waxwings !

10th January 2017

A nice addition for the wildlife in Cranham.

 3rd January 2017                            Newly acquired piece of land.
Happy New year !
I thought I'll post some observations on the newly acquired piece of land  near the bottom of Moor Lane. So yesterday afternoon I took a stroll though the woodland, keeping to the path, until the end and returned back to the entrance in Moor Lane, next to the Moor lane church. A nice bright afternoon.
Observations; 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, small party of Long- tailed Tit, 2 Jays. At least 12 Blackbirds, these were very shy and warily, behaviour attributed to winter migrant visitors (all welcome). Plenty of Great tits, Blue tits and House Sparrows, Dunnock, Robin, Carrion Crows, Magpies, Wood Pigeons. Grey Squirrels and one very Young Fox.
Most of the berries have been eaten, cleared by the winter influx of Thrushes, especially, Redwing and Fieldfare. It’s a good time to take a stroll (wellies required) through woodland as the trees have now shed their leaves and the birds can be viewed better.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Happy New Year

1st January 2017  

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Last post before Christmas !

11th December 2016  - A great Christmas met up at Rainham Marshes with some of the B.I.E members, group photo taken in the Purfleet Hide.  A nice sunset at the end of the day.

Ingrebourne Valley

6th December 2016

Photo's from the Ingrebourne Valley visitors centre. Great Spotted Woodpecker and love or hate them Ring-necked Parakeets.