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Old Sunday 25th February 2018, 16:55   #51
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Those of us that made the trip up to the Shiant Islands in 2013 to see Black Rats were lucky we decided to do so as the Islands are now officially rat free. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-43242141
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Some photos from the last visit to Arne: Sikas including the white stag.

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And some recent visits from White Tip and Big Whitey. I've been feeding foxes for several years now and this is the first chance I've had to photograph them in snow!

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Nice to see Light, dark and spotted forms of fallow deer together in the New Forest at the weekend.

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Some small mammal trapping for the Wildlife Explorers at Fowlmere RSPB

Pretty good considering the season 8 from 35 just 3 species

Wood Mouse, Field Vole, Pygmy shrew

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Old Sunday 18th March 2018, 11:40   #57
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An afternoon that got forgotten because I have been doing little except cough seemingly for ever. A few local mammals on a rare sunny day.

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Old Monday 19th March 2018, 16:10   #58
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A couple of shots of White Tip from the weekend. She's given birth, got her figure back in short order and resumed visiting for chicken. The middle shot isn't very good but does show at least one teat. Outside the breeding season you can't see them in the fur.

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A mammal trip to Israel

http://www.hows.org.uk/inter/birds/2...raelreport.pdf

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Old Wednesday 21st March 2018, 11:40   #60
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I like that Little Green Bee Eater. Very nice.

So, I am in:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5-qLUHfvgk

You may shut down the window after 12 seconds. There are no mammals anymore. I just didn't know how to cut the movie after the fox had vanished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ud5k1HaNCg

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Driving home from the cinema twenty minutes ago had a Polecat dart out onto the road from the right. Seen at least half a dozen dead ones along that stretch that past ten years or so but this was my first quick one. That it remained so is something of a miracle, but having darted out just ahead of me I then saw it completing its crossing in the rear view mirror, no idea how I missed it, but glad I did! Sweet!
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Old Friday 23rd March 2018, 09:59   #62
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I have seen a polecat only once in the dark crossing the street at our house.

And I have never seen an ermine near our house but the trailcam did:
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Driving home from the cinema twenty minutes ago had a Polecat dart out onto the road from the right. Seen at least half a dozen dead ones along that stretch that past ten years or so but this was my first quick one. That it remained so is something of a miracle, but having darted out just ahead of me I then saw it completing its crossing in the rear view mirror, no idea how I missed it, but glad I did! Sweet!
Lucky for both you and the Polecat.... the species remains one of the most difficult terrestrial residents to catch up with despite being now widespread and fairly common.

The College Lake family is now the stuff of legend!

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Both foxes visited the other night and I got pictures of each. White Tip looks much as usual though still not feeding near us, disappearing rapidly with her chicken - though she usually comes back for more after a while.

Big Whitey however has been in the wars with a huge hank of fur ripped out of his right shoulder. I know a standard dog/wolf injury avoidance is to curve away, presenting a shoulder that is difficult to bite effectively (and often inflicting a buffet on the other dog in the process) and it looks as if perhaps that happened here. There's no visible injury on the exposed skin and he's moving completely freely.

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Old Thursday 29th March 2018, 15:37   #65
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Latest new mum White Tip pix from last night. She doesn't usually turn up in the rain but she did and woofed four chicken legs with barely a pause, eating right in front of us instead of going into hiding or off to the green. She was definitely hungry!

I will post some pictures of other species before long, I promise.....

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Got back last night from a weekend sweep round parts of Scotland. The impetus was for Maz to tick American White-winged Scoter, which she got on Good Friday, not that she cares of course. We based ourselves in Dunkeld by way of saving the fuel costs of going to Speyside (but slipped through there on Saturday anyway).

Mammal highlights included a bachelor herd of Red Deer in Glen Shee, a distant white Mountain Hare from the car in a blizzard up by the ski centre, and at Loch of the Lowes, Red Squirrel plus Marion got her first look at Scottish Beaver. During the trip we also had Brown Hares and Rabbits for the hat-trick of Lagomorphs and Fallow Deer on the golf course across the road from Loch of the Lowes car park.

Bird-wise we nailed Red and Black Grouse plus Ptarmigan (the last kindly flushed for us by three fell walkers slipping and sliding their way down off the Cairnwell as we sat in the car in the driving snow); Crested Tit in the car park at Loch Garten, where a Treecreeper gave fantastic views on the big Scots Pine in Togs' Corner; Ospreys at LoL - the male had got back Thursday - Surf and Velvet Scoters plus Eider at Musselburgh in addition to the big rare.

We had booked to stay till today but decided an easy drive down yesterday via Caerlaverock would be more fun than the predicted weather today so added Whoopers and plenty of Barnies including one of the leucistic birds on the way. It was a good option with zero traffic issues all the way down.

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A few things from the last few weeks, I popped in to the Forest of Dean on the way back from Wales, saw a few wild boar but a little distant and a few fallow deer.
My trip to North Scotland to search for the Walrus came up with a few seals and a few red deer but not much else.

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A rather quiet Easter saw the Letchworth Black squirrels and muntjac in my garden, but not much else. Hopefully next week will be more productive!

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I hope you don't mind me asking for your advice guys, but we're thinking of going back to Andujar to try our luck at Iberian Lynx spotting again. Due to a number of other commitments it seems that early summer is the earliest we can book the trip. Does this represent a reasonable time, or is it better to leave it till later in the year or possibly early in 2019?

We have seen one before, but views were brief and distant in April (and not even a record shot between us), so we do feel the need to try again (as you do).
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I hope you don't mind me asking for your advice guys, but we're thinking of going back to Andujar to try our luck at Iberian Lynx spotting again. Due to a number of other commitments it seems that early summer is the earliest we can book the trip. Does this represent a reasonable time, or is it better to leave it till later in the year or possibly early in 2019?

We have seen one before, but views were brief and distant in April (and not even a record shot between us), so we do feel the need to try again (as you do).
I should have thought early summer would be very hot and the lynx might well select very early morning and very late evening for their main activities, making for very long days without a chance to relax in the evenings. Probably not the best option - but somebody may know better.....

About autumn possibilities I can't be sure but perhaps presence of nave juveniles might make for decent encounters?

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Sounds like Freshers' Week when I was a student John

Anyway, no more smut, here's some great news which I take the liberty of sticking on your thread, sorry for the lack of translation, but summarising, the species has been noted a few times in Switzerland now, but the article suggests this is the first on the western side of the Alps (and perhaps first for France too?): https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...s-1454129.html

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Sounds like Freshers' Week when I was a student John

Anyway, no more smut, here's some great news which I take the liberty of sticking on your thread, sorry for the lack of translation, but summarising, the species has been noted a few times in Switzerland now, but the article suggests this is the first on the western side of the Alps (and perhaps first for France too?): https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...s-1454129.html

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I tend to agree it is great news - with the proviso that I am as certain as I can be when speculating wildly, that the current rapid expansion of the Golden Jackal's range is made possible principally by the absence in appropriate numbers across large elements of that range of the proper top predator that would normally suppress it - which is a shame.

It appears to me that across much of Europe the Golden Jackal, with its smaller size and perhaps more dog-like vocalisations reducing humans' attention to it, is succeeding in expanding where the howl of the Wolf arouses folk-memory and mediaeval reactions.

Any large carnivore range expansion is to be celebrated, but I would rather be celebrating a similar range expansion in Canis lupus.....
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I should have thought early summer would be very hot and the lynx might well select very early morning and very late evening for their main activities, making for very long days without a chance to relax in the evenings. Probably not the best option - but somebody may know better.....

About autumn possibilities I can't be sure but perhaps presence of nave juveniles might make for decent encounters?

Cheers

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Thank-you John. Good advice. Basically we're waiting for younger member of our party to finish his university semester, along with other things. If we go I'll report back here, obviously.

At my age, I better not ask if our younger friend has any 'decent encounters' when he gets in Fresher's Week. They lock me up!

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OK, some pictures from our Scottish Easter trip. Quite a few birds included, but I'm trying to give an overall flavour rather than exclusively concentrate on mammals. I hope its clear everybody on here is invited to do likewise!

John

Velvet (drake left and duck far right) and American White-winged (centre right) Scoters, Musselburgh

Ospreys LF15 (left) and LM12 (right, airborne) Loch of the Lowes SWT

Black Grouse, Central Scotland

Red Grouse with snowy fells behind

Cock Red Grouse Central Scotland
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Red Squirrel X 2 Loch of the Lowes SWT

Treecreeper Loch Garten RSPB car park

Crested Tit Loch Garten RSPB car park
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