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Old Friday 30th December 2016, 20:22   #1
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John's Mammals 2017

Happy New Year when it arrives everyone!

I won't be trying to achieve targets in 2017 (I promised Marion after doing a double of 53 mammals and 304 birds in the British Isles in 2016) but will be trying to get better pictures of some stuff I have had trouble with to date and keeping my usual eye out whenever I'm in the field: additionally there will be Farnborough fox updates when they finish their Christmas sabbatical.

So hopefully plenty going on.

All news, sightings, pictures, queries welcome as usual, not to mention old friends and new posters alike.

While most people will be bird listing on New Year's Day (weather permitting) perhaps those on here would like to see what sort of 1 Jan Mammal list we could come up with? I'm no great data analyst but I'm sure we can come up with something interesting. No domestics though please.

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Old Sunday 1st January 2017, 16:37   #2
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Out birding today, weather held off till afternoon and I got 100 species of birds.

Mammals were incidental but included five Roe Deer (2 and 3), Fallow Deer (8) and Grey Squirrels (6).

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Old Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 20:03   #3
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Had a trip up North yesterday for Snow Goose, which eventually obliged. First Red Fox of the year was as we left Farnborough.

A loo stop at Norton Canes services on the M6 toll road gained me another mammal year tick, with a young Brown Rat eating someone's discarded chips in the car park. This is not the first time I've seen Brown Rats there...

Five species, three days in and still no Rabbit. Is this a record?

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I've only been working (at Mercedes-Benz World) so far this year & have seen 3+ Red Foxes, Grey Squirrel & Rabbit but no sign so far of the resident Roe Deer.

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6 species so far the 6th being Rabbit this morning.
Grey Squirrel and brown rat in my garden, Muntjac, Stoat at Lakenheath, roe deer at Burwell.


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Old Thursday 5th January 2017, 19:23   #6
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South African Mammals

I Forgot to mention I finished my South Africa trip report over the Christmas break, it can be found here.

http://www.hows.org.uk/inter/birds/2016photo/sa.pdf


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Old Thursday 5th January 2017, 20:16   #7
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6 species so far the 6th being Rabbit this morning.
Grey Squirrel and brown rat in my garden, Muntjac, Stoat at Lakenheath, roe deer at Burwell.


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Always good to pick up Stoat early!

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Mmmm ... not been listing and whilst bimbling about, so not sure of the dates exactly, but have heard the Wood Mice scratching about in the walls, seen a Rabbit early on, a Fox and a Field Vole. Will make more effort here on in.

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First few beasties of 2017

I managed to pick up Water Vole shortly before Grey Squirrel this year (4th Jan - perks of working in Cambridge where voles seem to be faring pretty well at the moment).

On the 2nd a Brown Hare was a nice first mammal of the year (Reed/Therfield area, north Herts).

Thanks for keeping these threads going - always entertaining and useful

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I Forgot to mention I finished my South Africa trip report over the Christmas break, it can be found here.

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That's a fantastic trip report. After 3 trips to South Africa I'm still to see Zorilla and several other mammal species you saw. Did you meet Fiona Reid?
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That's a fantastic trip report. After 3 trips to South Africa I'm still to see Zorilla and several other mammal species you saw. Did you meet Fiona Reid?
Yes we were at Marrick for the 3 days at the same time as Fiona we shared 2 night drives there, she remembers you.

The trip was excellent and we had some luck some good and some bad but still got a good number of species we were after. Will go back again some time.

Thanks for your help and advice in planning the trip.

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Sorry for the shockingly bad photo (it was very early) but whilst waiting for the Waxwings to put in an appearance, it was quite amusing to see this little fella c12 feet up the tree feasting on the berries.

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Sorry for the shockingly bad photo (it was very early) but whilst waiting for the Waxwings to put in an appearance, it was quite amusing to see this little fella c12 feet up the tree feasting on the berries.

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Brown Rat - they do climb quite a lot. Nice behaviour, good to see one taking natural food!

Double Top checked in last night, first time this year: came for a chicken leg, took it right away and returned in five minutes for another. Still haven't seen Blackie this year yet though.

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Brown Rat - they do climb quite a lot. Nice behaviour, good to see one taking natural food!

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Quite a lot of rodents can climb, I have trapped bank voles and wood mice quite high up in hedges.

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First Rabbits of the year this afternoon at Moor Green. 10th January - ridiculous...

Couple of Grey Squirrels as well.

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Tons of gray squirrels. Red squirrels sometimes. White tail deer tracks all over my yard after snow over the weekend. Have seen one once in the streetlight. As winter goes on we will start seeing then in the pard during the day.
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Last year's cub rocked up again last night, actually it turned up three times over about half an hour. It has a proper white tip to its very long brush so henceforth "White-tip". Still no sign of Blackie since Christmas though.

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Some terrible visibility at the weekend made photographs difficult but got a couple of species.

Also brown hare today.

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That last black squirrel is a scorcher! Nice work. Pity about the weather at Woodwalton. Might have a go myself Saturday, thinking about the Surfer in the morning.

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Always good to pick up Stoat early!

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I did not try to pick him up, look what happened last time I picked up a mustelid!

But it was a nice sighting.

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A house mouse in my garage this evening and a fox in the garden, not bad did not even have to leave the house to see mammals.


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I did not try to pick him up, look what happened last time I picked up a mustelid!

But it was a nice sighting.

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Ha ha, I remember that pic from first time round. Its not often I'm envious of someone having their finger bitten!

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Blackie's back! He and Double Top were sitting on the pavement outside the house when I got back from Kent this evening.

I talked to them as I approached, so they didn't run off but just moved aside to let me get in, and closed back in behind me. Blackie ate four drumsticks... at least he didn't try to rob Double Top of hers.

I have a photo, its not the best but it does prove it was him (as if his utterly casual behaviour around me didn't!) Might be a while till I put it up as I had an excellent day's birding at Dunge and Harty, loads to go through.

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Some terrible visibility at the weekend made photographs difficult but got a couple of species.

Also brown hare today.

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Curious about the black squirrel, are they in England? I'm a Brit relocated to Canada, and we have Grey squirrels which come in grey and black variations, but I'd never come across black ones before moving here. Attached a photo of two of the six youngsters that resided in nearby tree last year. 4 black and 2 grey young.

Mammal list here thus far this year: Eastern Grey Squirrel, Red Squirrel, White-tailed deer, red fox.
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Curious about the black squirrel, are they in England? I'm a Brit relocated to Canada, and we have Grey squirrels which come in grey and black variations, but I'd never come across black ones before moving here. Attached a photo of two of the six youngsters that resided in nearby tree last year. 4 black and 2 grey young.

Mammal list here thus far this year: Eastern Grey Squirrel, Red Squirrel, White-tailed deer, red fox.
I had never seen a black grey squirrel until visiting Ontario. Here in New England, it's just the grey/brown ones we see.

I'm seeing the deer most nights now in the yard. Accidentally spooked about 6 of them last night while they wre chomping on my scrubs by the front walk. They were big. Glad they went off at an angle. Getting in front of a runnung deer would not be good.

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