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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Harvest 'Nest A Ball'

It's gone very quiet again on the bird front. A few Skylarks, Starlings, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails, Siskins and the odd Redpoll or two are still trickling over north west and there are still a few Swallows, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and the odd Wheatear around. The only new waders for the month were two Knots that flew west on Tuesday and on the wildfowl front a first winter Scaup was new in today, the first of the 'winter' (unfortunately the light was not good enough for a photo).
   While inspecting the western reedbeds assessing this coming seasons thatching crop I came across this...
An old Harvest Mouse nest.
We used to come across these fairly regularly but they are now few and far between. A couple of years ago I found an active one that had green reed leaves incorporated into it so it is nice to know that these little critters are still present in what is after all their natural habitat, even if they are not doing so well in their adopted cereal crop environment.

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