There’s a resident population of voles in the bank under the bird feeders making a good living eating discarded seeds , while watching them yesterday i saw a wood mouse appear , it was less skittish than the Voles and every now and then would see the Voles off, with the vole leaping into the air . i’ve got some great shots of fresh air !!
Too Damned Hot for proper work this Morning, So i took an hour off and headed to Twmbarlwm in search of Cuckoo’s , I could hear them in the distance as soon as i stopped the truck. Setting up under a low Beech tree i waited and within 20 minutes two flew straight towards me landing in the tree about six feet above my head .
The one left after a short while to land on a fence post nearby with an angry Pipit ( i think ? ) mobbing it.
Mexican stand off !!
I’ve been putting down small amounts of sunflower seeds for the voles , only to find it gone , usually just after i’ve given up watching. i did see a Shrew taking the seeds , which i thought was odd since they’re supposed to be carnivorous. As i was just about to go out today i glimpsed a vole nabbing some seeds , so i grabbed the camera and caught the greedy critter red handed , its amazing how many seeds they can shift in a short time !!
For some time now Kites have been moving steadily south from their main area in Mid Wales, first moving over the Breacon Beacons , then slowly moving down the wooded valleys with occasional sightings just south of the heads of the valleys road.
Now it seems it won’t be long before their seen flying over Newport and Cardiff.