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Old Tuesday 17th March 2015, 15:48   #76
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When photographing timid animals like Deer, stealth & concealment are all important...
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Old Tuesday 17th March 2015, 15:50   #77
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Old Tuesday 17th March 2015, 19:54   #78
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Most amusing!

Marion has just watched a Red Fox demonstrating how to pick up four separate bits of pizza with just a pair of jaws. NB: she was actually outside, not lurking in the hall - they are getting pretty tolerant of us (but not anyone else: smart animals.)

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Old Tuesday 17th March 2015, 20:16   #79
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I'm off to the pub. Two more from yesterday:

Adult female Boar resisting stalking

Spot the Humbug

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Last night I had an experience with the foxes quite similar to Marion's of last weekend. I had a look out of the front door, and spotted one coming along from the left: I knew the chicken had already gone. It arrived, sniffed round the lawn and gave me an expectant look. I told it to wait and went to the kitchen for another leg. As I threw it towards the fox on my return, someone else opened their front door and the fox was out of sight through the arch on my right in a flash.

I decided to wait. After about five minutes, along comes a fox from the left - but its not the same one: this time its the smaller animal with the dark tail tip. This one trots along the concrete path giving me a wary eye, doesn't bother looking at the lawn (perhaps it had the first sitting?) and continues right through the arch. I carried on watching. After a few more minutes along comes a fox - also from the left! This time it was Black Notch, who must have circled the block to make this second approach. I'm sure it was the same fox I'd got the chicken for, because he diverted off the concrete onto the lawns two doors down and made a beeline straight for it. Picked it up, gave me a glance and trotted off right with his prize. Job done. I went to bed.

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Think I might have to keep a mammal list this year. On 5 so far, so don't think I'm ever going to be a contender really , but interesting reading/seeing how others with a little more commitment are doing.

Good stuff.
Don't go expecting any help or advice from anyone on here though. It's all about bragging.
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Old Friday 20th March 2015, 23:54   #82
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Don't go expecting any help or advice from anyone on here though. It's all about bragging.
Perhaps a bit cynical. Some information here, especially when combined with the General Wildlife / Mammals section on Birdforum has certainly been useful.

For example the Water Shrew(s) were almost a 'walk up job' last Sunday at the Lodge, Beds. and alerted to this by a regular on here. One of my mates got this as a UK mammal tick. How good is that? Phil
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Old Saturday 21st March 2015, 08:48   #83
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Apologies in advance for posting this, and definitely not 'tickable', but they get a mention in The History of British Mammals by Derek Yalden, and were in a David Attenborough documentary a few years ago, so I felt compelled to do a bit of a detour during a recent work trip. Also had Roe Deer, Woodcock, and Raven and Dipper nearby.

The park is currently closed but you can park just east of Hepburn, and walk through a gate in the wall nearby to view the Chillingham Cattle.
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Old Saturday 21st March 2015, 09:18   #84
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Don't go expecting any help or advice from anyone on here though. It's all about bragging.
Always seemed a very helpful thread to me - in this and previous years' editions, I remember quite a few posts explaining how to see otters at one location, what the best tides are at another for certain species, or assisting to identify tracks, explain how to get somewhere, etc.

Also much simply congratulations to others and welcomes for new persons ...all of all richly interspersed by nice doses of mammals seen by all (the 'bragging').
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Old Sunday 22nd March 2015, 06:50   #85
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Don't go expecting any help or advice from anyone on here though. It's all about bragging.
This and the previous years' threads have always been about two things:

1. sharing information, which unlike bird information is scarce, unadvertised by the authorities - witness the year that RSPB Saltholme had Weasels breed in their reserve centre and never thought to put it on their website - and eratic even for rarities.)

2. Celebrating mammals - principally British, because that's where most of us are based, but increasingly with contributions from elsewhere e.g. crazyfingers over in the USA.

If you see it as bragging, well, bad luck. When I read that Mark or Jos or anyone else has had a coup, I think great for them - and then usually, how do I manage the same thing? I also probably ask them for help. Of course, a lot of that action occurs via PM or phone, so doesn't appear on here till later.

Anyway, if you want to see mammals and have a question, we will try to answer it: if you want to join in, feel free: if your post is typical then you may feel more at home in Rarities on the Audouin's Gull or Night Parrot threads.

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Don't go expecting any help or advice from anyone on here though. It's all about bragging.
Easy this is not a birding thread, we are all helpful here, most of us do post what we see and some may see that as bragging but a lot of hard work and effort goes in to find some of these species and the information is usually shared with anyone who asks. - That does not happen in the bird threads!

I have helped many people see water shrew, field vole and harvest mouse, including hosting total strangers at my house to see them.

As John mentions above lots is done by PM for certain species (wild boar, dormice etc.) but most of the information is freely available on this thread and associated threads.

If you want to see mammals join in this thread and forget how the bird threads carry on, and you never know we may just put you onto something you have always wanted to see.

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Anyway after all that stuff plenty of bragging from the last week or so. On Wednesday a quick visit to Arne for the Sika, the stags were well out on the marsh, the hinds in the fields and woods. Then to Blandford for the otters which according to the locals have not been seen for 11 days or so.
Friday, after the eclipse I stopped in at Woodwalton fen, early afternoon not ideal for CWD there but I caught up with one.


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Old Sunday 22nd March 2015, 16:38   #88
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Two things to talk about.

I was keen to get on home, so I quickly shoved all my kit in the boot, discarded my fleece into the same place, slammed the lid and remembered too late that my key fob was in the fleece.


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I hadn't realised that your trials continued! On the plus side, you made the right decision leaving. I still had a stoatly ermine free day. Although I did see two cranes.
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Don't go expecting any help or advice from anyone on here though. It's all about bragging.
I think his surname may be behind the post. Obviously not a happy chappy, unlike everyone else on here! ;-)

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Completely forgot to mention that apparently American Mink has been seen a few times at Woodwalton Fen, near the bungalow recently. I did not see it but it was reported to me.


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I think his surname may be behind the post. Obviously not a happy chappy, unlike everyone else on here! ;-)

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Personally I think, with a statement like that some evidence of the lack, of help would be expected.
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Easy this is not a birding thread, we are all helpful here, most of us do post what we see and some may see that as bragging but a lot of hard work and effort goes in to find some of these species and the information is usually shared with anyone who asks. - That does not happen in the bird threads!

I have helped many people see water shrew, field vole and harvest mouse, including hosting total strangers at my house to see them.

As John mentions above lots is done by PM for certain species (wild boar, dormice etc.) but most of the information is freely available on this thread and associated threads.

If you want to see mammals join in this thread and forget how the bird threads carry on, and you never know we may just put you onto something you have always wanted to see.

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Fully endorse this summary and I for one greatly appreciate the patience, help and advice given by Mark, F John and MikeR in respect of mammals to both myself and my son. I regularly refer to the mammal guide produced by Mark on this thread and now take a far greater interest with mammals---ok nothing special and my year patch list is 7 species but it gives me great pleasure even seeing the almost daily Red Fox who now seems more curious than afraid as I sit most nights monitoring the behaviour of Barn Owls at a natural tree hole site.(my 'watching' postion is adjacent to a badger sett but no sightings this year,as yet, just sneezing and snorting)
Just keep the thread going in exactly the same way as I am sure many enjoy the 'adventures' and sightings (apart from Jos's, but I'm not jealous just green-eyed)
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Fully endorse this summary and I for one greatly appreciate the patience, help and advice given by Mark, F John and MikeR in respect of mammals to both myself and my son. I regularly refer to the mammal guide produced by Mark on this thread and now take a far greater interest with mammals---ok nothing special and my year patch list is 7 species but it gives me great pleasure even seeing the almost daily Red Fox who now seems more curious than afraid as I sit most nights monitoring the behaviour of Barn Owls at a natural tree hole site.(my 'watching' postion is adjacent to a badger sett but no sightings this year,as yet, just sneezing and snorting)
Just keep the thread going in exactly the same way as I am sure many enjoy the 'adventures' and sightings (apart from Jos's, but I'm not jealous just green-eyed)
What everybody else said. This is an outstanding thread, with input from friendly, helpful folk - one of the best things about Birdforum.
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On Monday 23rd I was picked up by Mark Hows & we headed down to the Forest of Dean for what turned out to be one of the best days there. Started of first thing with 5+ Hawfinches feeding on the ground c15ft away from the car. We then went of looking for Wild Boar & were rewarded with an amazing encounter with 9 piglets. They were so close I had to use a 100mm lens. Thanks to Mark for driving & as usual to Ben for his help during the day!

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Looking for Slow-worms at Hankley yesterday I found a Pygmy Shrew, but it was unfortunately too quick for my camera - or rather I froze and looked at it (good view) while it unfroze, ran in a circle then disappeared into the heather.

Later on Bank Voles were giving glimpses near the Adder bank by Farnborough Airport, a risky lifestyle if you ask me!

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On Monday 23rd I was picked up by Mark Hows & we headed down to the Forest of Dean for what turned out to be one of the best days there. Started of first thing with 5+ Hawfinches feeding on the ground c15ft away from the car. We then went of looking for Wild Boar & were rewarded with an amazing encounter with 9 piglets. They were so close I had to use a 100mm lens. Thanks to Mark for driving & as usual to Ben for his help during the day!

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On Monday 23rd I was picked up by Mark Hows & we headed down to the Forest of Dean for what turned out to be one of the best days there. Started of first thing with 5+ Hawfinches feeding on the ground c15ft away from the car. We then went of looking for Wild Boar & were rewarded with an amazing encounter with 9 piglets. They were so close I had to use a 100mm lens. Thanks to Mark for driving & as usual to Ben for his help during the day!

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Thanks Simon. It was a cracking day.
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Sorry its been a tough week!

Many Thanks to Ben as always, a great day out, and to Simon for his company. The weather just about held for our day out in the Forest which we focussed on Hawfinch, boar and dipper no luck with the latter but the excellent views of the first two more than made up for it.



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I was pleased to see two Irish Hares at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve during my lunch break on Tuesday - haven't seen them there for a few of years (although my visits are very brief). They are still present at Dublin Airport as well - seen from the taxing plane window. Phil
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I've put quite a few pictures of the "Humbugs" of Flickr - www.flickr.com/photos/sinlw

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