Autumnal Glory and Owls at Yew View

It was a most stunning day at YewView this week! An early mist soon burnt off, leaving clear blue skies and wonderful warm sunny weather. The fruit trees are heavy with Autumnal bounty, some boughs almost breaking under the weight and I returned home with lots to cook this week! It is a wonderful year for fruit and berries and will offer a wonderful winter bounty for wildlife.


There has been limited badger activity on site, with neither sett being used. I noticed a large new latrine at the very bottom of the garden, near the river, so set a Bushnell where there seemed to be a path under the fence. Hopefully it will show me how well this track is being used. #gallery-19012-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-19012-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-19012-5 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-19012-5 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

I also headed off to the local wooded copse, where the main sett is situated. I set two more Bushnells to see what kind of activity there is up in this area. I hope this might give me some answers as to what is happening. #gallery-19012-6 { margin: auto; } #gallery-19012-6 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-19012-6 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-19012-6 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

The views were stunning….


The mammal box has been busy, but I wanted to try a new camera set up. I decided to try the Hikvision mini dome camera in this box. I was pleased with the image I obtained, so I am planning on replacing the Vivotek cam I currently have in my mammal box, with a Hikvision. This little cam has good clarity and focus and the dome protects it from the visiting mammals and their teeth! #gallery-19012-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-19012-7 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-19012-7 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-19012-7 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

With weather considerably better than last week, where it poured all day, I managed to get up and fit the new roof on the new owl box. I had had trouble with the bitumen sealant and this has taken two weeks to go off. It was good to put the final piece of the jigsaw in this set-up and the owls are visiting regularly. Both male and female have visited this week, sometimes depositing half of a rat and then returning later to retrieve it. #gallery-19012-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-19012-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-19012-8 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-19012-8 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

A slight adjustment of one of the internal cameras has produced a better internal image with all of the owl in view… I am pleased with this internal view now….







I am presuming it is one of the nest box pair that is still using the Owl Mansion terrace at the other end of the garden. It is too close to be a different individual. This owl appeared whilst I was processing the week’s footage so I was able to use the PTZ camera and zoom in and out of the box, to try to show it in context with the garden. It is hard to control the camera with the mouse, so excuse the rather crude movements, but it shows the power of this great camera!



I mentioned the dreadful rain last week. Two days later, the Severn showed the effects of this downpour….. I am mighty glad I set the otter cam on a floating platform….


Finally, still no kingfishers on the wildlife pond… but got these skinny legs this week! Made me smile!


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