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When we first moved in we saw quite a bit of wildlife: chevreuil, pine martens, red squirrels, foxes, pheasants and a bat who used our barn as a summer roost. Of course as winter set in we saw them all less and less; although the squirrels and the cock pheasant did continue to make appearances.
From November we've put out birdfood and as a result we've been visited by hordes of greedy blue, great and longtailed tits with a supporting cast of chaff and green finches. There's also greater spotted and green woodpeckers who drop in and blue jays; and once we saw a hawfinch. One bird we've not seen so much has been the wood pigeon; yet this morning there was a gaggle roosting in one of our oak trees. In Suffolk we were overrun by them. Yesterday I spent some time watching, through the binoculars, a buzzard in Eric's field. He'd sit for a bit looking round, hop and glide to another spot close by and again sit and look round. He repeated this over and over obviously quartering an area looking for food.
We have been wondering however how 'our' wildlife has fared during the hunting season. We have woods to the right and to the left of the house and between these 2, right on the border of our land with Eric's field is a wildlife 'highway'. They do shoot in both woods fairly regularly.
|chevreuil photo: britishdeersociety.co.uk|
Happily it seems rather well! Yesterday while making an early morning cuppa Niall saw 3 chevreuil (roe deer) nibbling the odd blade in Erics field while they ambled from right to left and the day before, again in the early morning, he saw first a dog fox and then a vixen moving left to right. As he smugly remarked when handing me my tea: "foxes 2 French hunters 0". Hopefully we'll see the pine martens again soon too.
This morning it was the pheasants--Mr and Mrs circling each other on our drive. We tried to inform them that anywhere round here is not a 'des res'; what with its usual predators and our 2 cats as an added bonus.
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