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Old Wednesday 11th July 2018, 10:15   #101
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Guernsey list for the year....
- Bottlenose dolphin
- Grey Seal
- House Mouse
- Wood Mouse
- Guernsey Vole
- Greater White-toothed shrew
- Hedgehog

I've not had a ferret yet this year but they are (unfortunately) around the orchard at the moment.

Here's a video of GWTS I took earlier in the year....
https://instagram.com/p/Big94ofABlA/

We've had some researchers over looking at Guernsey vole and they tried live trapping the orchard but didn't do as well as we hoped (probably as I'd mowed it a couple of weeks prior and everything was sticking to the margins as a result) but did get some shrews....
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Old Monday 23rd July 2018, 21:07   #102
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Some recent sightings, Kashmir goats on the Great Orme, Red Squirrel, roe deer at Loch of the Lowes and a local fox.
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Old Monday 23rd July 2018, 21:09   #103
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And a few more from Scotland - Argyll Pine Marten, Hedgehog and Bank vole.

Not to bad considering the torrential rain during the watch.

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Old Monday 23rd July 2018, 21:19   #104
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And an excellent show from the Chanonry Point Dolphins

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Old Monday 23rd July 2018, 22:43   #105
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And an excellent show from the Chanonry Point Dolphins

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Wasn't it just! That first one is outstanding. Good stuff with the terrestrials, too - bad luck with the only rain to be found in the UK this summer....

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Old Monday 30th July 2018, 14:51   #106
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Hi all. Apologies for the BOC shot but I took this photo this morning and assumed it was a Mouflon. Am I correct? Taken in Spain on the Costa Del Sol.

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Old Monday 30th July 2018, 17:20   #107
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Hi all. Apologies for the BOC shot but I took this photo this morning and assumed it was a Mouflon. Am I correct? Taken in Spain on the Costa Del Sol.

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The black knees are suggesting Spanish Ibex to me.

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Shetland Stuff
Some amazing stuff in Shetland the Orca are amazing and bumped into the long staying bearded seal as well.

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Old Monday 6th August 2018, 18:04   #110
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4 more Spanish Ibex this week, and Barbary Ape and Common Dolphin on Saturday. Also saw a ruddy big Shearwater in the Straits of Gibraltar. Closest I could get with the Colin's Guide was Scopoli's. Favoured this species over Cory's due to location.

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Old Monday 6th August 2018, 19:26   #111
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Some amazing stuff in Shetland the Orca are amazing and bumped into the long staying bearded seal as well.

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Stunning, Mark! Did you twitch them or was it a planned trip that got lucky?

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Haven't done much lately but the second of a couple of trips to Titchfield Haven yielded a brief but good view of a Water Vole on the reserve. I'm aware they are also seen up at the top end from the public footpath but this one was between West Hide and Pumfrett Hide from a wooden footbridge.

Other than that the foxes continue to visit more or less nightly.

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1&2 White Tip
3 Big Whitey
4&5 Water Vole, Titchfield Haven, Hampshire
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Stunning, Mark! Did you twitch them or was it a planned trip that got lucky?

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A planned trip that I hoped would get lucky and came up trumps

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A planned trip that I hoped would get lucky and came up trumps

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Didn't it just! Good planning. One of these days.....

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Had a trip down to Devon on Saturday with Maz, principally for mammals but took in Cirl Buntings at Labrador Bay RSPB in the morning: saw about 30 with no effort at all.

Then a nice pub lunch in the Kings Arms at Otterton before a long and unfortunately unsuccessful stakeout of the River Otter Beavers - admittedly we didn't stay into dusk. We did see a pair of Dippers on the shoal below the lodge pool for about half an hour and a Kingfisher that teased us for ages before eventually sitting in the open (not all that close) for a few minutes.

After that it was off to a private site the location of which is the owner's secret, for Hazel Dormice. It was gone midnight before two of them turned up on his bird feeder and gave us some very nice views while they gorged on sunflower seeds, which they husked in the feeder before scuttling up into the tree to eat them. Hazel Dormice are the cutest animals in Britain. One of the two was already as fat as butter and will have no difficulty hibernating

On the way home I ran out of steam and kipped for a couple of hours, so we got home at 0600 Sunday and went to bed till 1030.

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Further to the above I had a quick look on google for info on Hazel Dormouse life cycle, and it appears that most litters are born in July and August. Silly boy me, I had assumed they would come out earlier in the season.

I therefore assume that the fat looking Dormouse on the feeder is not achieving early readiness for hibernation but is a very very pregnant female.

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Last week I was on the coast of Maine, USA. Off a rocky peninsula, Schoodic Point, I saw a ruckus of gulls and cormorants. I pointed my camera and zoomed. There were also common dolphins there too. I didnt' get great shots. Most of the time the dolphins had gone under again before I could click. I believe that there were three. Certaibnly two from other photos.

But a couple pictures here. On the left photo zoomed out a bit the dolphin is middle upper left. The right zoomed in more

The puzzle of course is what would attract all these critters to one spot? A school of fish? A school of squid?
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Last week I was on the coast of Maine, USA. Off a rocky peninsula, Schoodic Point, I saw a ruckus of gulls and cormorants. I pointed my camera and zoomed. There were also common dolphins there too. I didnt' get great shots. Most of the time the dolphins had gone under again before I could click. I believe that there were three. Certaibnly two from other photos.

But a couple pictures here. On the left photo zoomed out a bit the dolphin is middle upper left. The right zoomed in more

The puzzle of course is what would attract all these critters to one spot? A school of fish? A school of squid?
Fish at the surface (perhaps driven up by the cetaceans) attracts the birds. Cetaceans find fish by sonar and trap them against the sea surface, but you knew that. If you see a cluster of seabirds fishing frenetically, its a good idea to look for cetaceans under them.

The reason I say "cetaceans" is that your photos show Harbour Porpoises, not Common Dolphins. Dorsal fins are not falcate but triangular and are proportionately quite small. Good, useful pictures!

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No problem. We all want the right answer every time!

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Water Shrews at Fowlmere

Water Shrews have shown regularly for at least the last couple of days at Fowlmere RSPB, Cambs. They are rather distant (given their size) so not great for photos, but thought it was worth mentioning since they aren't usually easy to see. If you could be bothered to bring a telescope you would get good views! They are viewable from the Drewer Hide and are coming out and feeding on the muddy channel as you look half left from the hide. Record shots attached!
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Pigeon for breakfast

Seems like I interrupted someone's breakfast! Stoat at Fowlmere RSPB, Cambs this morning.
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Wow. Twice. Go Buster. Couple of cracking sightings there!
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Cor.... very tempted (I love Fowlmere anyway) - some idea of where the Stoat was would be awesome, might well go Monday!

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Yesterday's Stoat was along the first stretch of boardwalk as you walk from the car park towards Spring and Reedbed hides. Around 9.15am.

Five weeks ago at least two were showing regularly a little further along the main track, between Spring Hide and the turnoff to Reedbed Hide, but they don't seem to be quite so active on this stretch at the moment. They were searching for birds' nests and I watched one go a good 30 feet up a tree searching each branch methodically - I know this is fairly regular behaviour but I'd certainly never seen it before!

Good luck if you go - let us know how you get on!
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