European Grey Squirrel

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This morning we paid a brief visit to Bishop’s Stortford at the same time as our daughter so we had breakfast together in Café Thyme. There were some ice crystals falling and then a few proper snow flakes, but fortunately not enough to settle. It is another very cold day, suitable only for doing indoor jobs.

Today’s picture is of one of our Squirrels, eating food from the pathway, which has been put down for the ground feeders. Clearly the nut boxes are empty again; filling them is a never-ending job.

Squirrel

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Another very frosty morning although it seemed less cold today. We went into Saffron Walden during the late morning to collect my husband’s medication. We had lunch in café CouCou and a quick walk around the town, there is not much to see in Saffron Walden, before coming home.

I took this today’s picture of this Squirrel, before we went out, one our Squirrel nut boxes was occupied by another Squirrel and I suspect the other box was empty as this one is sitting in one of the trees which contains some of our bird feeders.

An Airborne Squirrel

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This morning it was even colder and minus eight degrees Celsius in the garden.

Fortunately today is a day for doing indoor jobs, in particular for backing up and sorting out my computer and photographs. There are far too many photographs on my hard drive and they need to be fully backed-up before being removed from the computer.

I was about to take a picture of a blackbird, when I realised that the squirrel, which was also sitting on the wall was about to jump from the wall to the bird feeder. I got one shot, which is not as sharp as I would like, but there is no way I am not going to use this picture for today.

Fox

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I was getting my coffee, just before I was due to go online for a Staff Development Event when I saw today’s picture down by the pond. It was a case of grab a camera and take a picture through the window. I was lucky that it was standing by the pond and that I could see it between the top of our wall and our apple tree. It left the garden just seconds after this picture was taken.

I am not sure if it is the smaller of the two foxes we saw quite often last year, but this one has a bad leg, the same leg as the fox I blipped on 6 July 2014. If it is not, then someone is still setting traps to catch the animals. I have not seen Hoppy this year and fear that he is no more. We heard a lot of shotgun noise just before Christmas and suspect that someone was shooting them on the marsh. I have seen one female Reeves Muntjac in the garden this year; there was another one, on the grass verge, just at the top of our lane when I drove home from Addenbrookes the other night. It was not possible to see in the dark and my headlights whether it was a male or a female.

There was a very sharp frost again this morning and although the sun has been shinning the frost is still visible in some of the more shady parts of our garden; it is also very cold outside.

 

squirrelA dull, cold, wet day, not ideal for taking photographs, but that is what I have been doing for much of the day for the course I am doing which today involved taking twelve pictures spaced about an hour apart. Rather difficult when there is not much daylight.

Today’s picture is of a squirrel with a dirty nose. It is dirty because he kept burying nuts in the earth. On two occasions I saw him actually cover the nut with grass and leaves after he had finished burying it. Taken through the window, so contrast is not very good.

The nut box was full this morning, now many of them are buried in the garden, probably never to be found again!

European Grey Squirrel

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It has been raining on and off all day although I did manage to put in some plants including another six Lavenders as well as Apple Mint and Chocolate Mint; mint grows like crazy, but I do not mind if it fills up some corners of the borders. I also put some more Busy Lizzies in the window boxes and tubs as well as some more Lobelia. Every year I wonder why I fill all these planters, as I then have to remember to water them everyday!

I also completed the first twelve weeks, online, of my mammal sightings, seen in my garden, for the ‘People’s Trust for Endangered Species’ although I am not sure that grey squirrels are an endangered species! Just one more week after this week and the survey will be over for another year; I have completed this survey since 2003 so sixteen years of mammal watching.

Today’s picture is of the new bird feeder stand, complete with a squirrel; I watched it climb easily up the pole. There is a device that fits the pole to prevent squirrels doing this, but from the numerous reviews of them, it seems that the squirrels learn, in a few days, how to get round them.

Up The Pole

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Today it has been bright and sunny all day and today’s picture was chosen to show the blue sky. This is one of our resident Squirrels and when he saw me in the garden he left the nut feeder box to run up this telegraph pole. He later, dashed down, ran along the border and disappeared into the hedgerow.

I have caught up on some emails and paperwork, registered my tumble drier, for free parts for ten years, which I had not got around to, as well as filling out some other forms. This afternoon I watched the Chinese Formula One race, not the result I hoped for, but it is still early in the season. Roast to cook for dinner and then possibly catching up on some reading.