I have not been at Yew View for a couple of weeks due to the heavy snow so I was keen to look through the camera footage over the last few weeks. Extreme weather, like we have had, can often bring in interesting species.
My first views were on the badger cams. No action in our camera sett and very little elsewhere. We have a couple of individuals who are still visiting, sometimes going in the original sett and then once in the new sett they dug on the river bank. Due to the high river levels, I had moved otter cam onto this sett, so was able to capture a few clips of the badger in the snow…
There are a couple of individuals still visiting the feeding station but it was this stunning dog fox was the one that caught my eye!
The daytime bought some pheasants to clean up the remnants left by the night visitors..
and this crow who was attempting the world record for the most peanuts held in a beak!…
With the snow and freezing conditions, we have had fewer kingfisher visits… not easy to hunt when the pond is covered in thick ice! This morning, I broke a large area of the ice just under the favourite perch. I was delighted to see the Kingfisher return this afternoon and catch two fish!
The birds are always great in YewView in the winter as we often get species in that we don’t see for the rest of the year. Last year, I set up a niger feeding station in a quiet part of the garden, away from the jackdaws, starlings and larger more raucous species. Feeding on niger and millet means you only really attract the smaller species. We always get a good amount of goldfinch visiting and the weather conditions gave some lovely footage this week.
A species we welcomed last year has finally made an appearance… the Mealy redpoll… a lovely little finch. Only 2 seen, but I hope to see more in the coming months.
Then an added two bonus species on these feeders this week; brambling and tree sparrow!