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John's Mammals 2017 (1 Viewer)

Farnboro John

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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.

Cheers! B :)

John
 

Farnboro John

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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).

John
 

Farnboro John

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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?

John
 

snlw

Simon
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.

Cheers, Simon
 

MarkHows

Mostly Mammals
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.


Mark
 

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dantheman

Bah humbug
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.

Seasons Greetings. ;)
 

bustersymes

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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 :t:

Andy
 

MarkHows

Mostly Mammals
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.

Thanks

Mark
 

ClarkWGriswold

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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.:-O

Rich
 

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Farnboro John

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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.:-O

Rich

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.

John
 

crazyfingers

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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.
 

Farnboro John

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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.

John
 

MarkHows

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

Also brown hare today.

Mark
 

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Farnboro John

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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.

John
 

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