Blackbird Nest, Hedgehogs, daylight foxes…. and freezing temperatures still prevail!

Although the sun has been attempting to shine and bring a little warmth to the area, it is still bitterly cold and the biting wind prevents you wanting to spend too long outside. Despite this, I am still getting interest in all of my nest boxes and there have been some tentative attempts to bring some nesting materials in, but just as fast as they come in, they are often removed again!

The bird are hungry and I am still feeding in earnest, whereas I have usually slowed a little by now. I hate to think how much I have spent on bird food this winter! 

Not put off by the freezing temperatures, the frogs have started to spawn in the pond, but I don’t hold out much hope for the frosted spawn on the top of the water this morning. I did spot another blackbird building in earnest and managed to get a camera on her pretty easily as the nest is right next to the trellis near my conservatory. There has not been any action as far as I can see, in the first blackbird nest I spotted. She built this before the really heavy snow. May be she will return… we’ll see. The female has been very busy in the new nest today… in and out all morning and the higher angle gives an excellent view. It is rather dark in there though, so the picture is not very colourful. I did capture some nice stills… I love the way she fans her wings when she paddles with her legs to smooth out and press in the sides of the nest cup…


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Here is a clip of her building today….


With the lighter evenings now, I saw my foxes in daylight… just for the first time yesterday and captured some video….


I even managed a quick photo tonight when a dog fox appeared for a quick snack! Photographing it from an upstairs window (in fading light) he looked surprised to see me!


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Probably the most exciting news though, is that a hedgehog has made an appearance! At about 11.15pm last night, it appeared in my new, illuminated Prickly Diner! I was delighted! When it returned tonight, I captured some stills and some video which I will upload later. Really good to see one back and it soon polished off all