About 8am I was in the garden to refill the bird feeders when I startled a roe deer.
In the brief view I had it didn't look that big so I think it might have been one of the young that we saw in the garden early last year, though I don't know how long it takes for the young to become adult sized.
It was good to see one, apart from the odd time during the day, we never see the deer other than on the trail camera.
However, the interesting thing was that it left the garden, not by the usual hopping over the fence, but by dipping under it.
There is a hole in the stock fence(I think, over a few years, the badgers have stretched a weakness) which is about 50 x 50 cm and this deer managed, without much of a hesitation in its progress, to slink through.
The trailcam captured a mammal I'd rather not see in the garden... a rat ran across the path around 3:00 in the morning, about five minutes after one of the foxes!
Not a very large one, fortunately- and it's the first I've seen in the year since we've had the trail camera. No more scattering seeds in the hedge for the dunnocks for awhile... they'll have to visit the feeder like everyone else.
Brown Hare today. Don't think I've ever seen so many with c20 at Elmley- some very close to the cars as we drove up the track. Later several of the group were sitting on a bench unaware until i pointed out there was a Brown Hare sitting about 3 metres behind them licking his paws + feeding on grass. Beautiful animals but no boxing despite mad March month!
My three Red Squirrels, which till now have been happy together seem to be splitting up. Two name Bobby and Nutty two, have spent the morning chasing each other round and up and down the trees. Poor Tigger seems to have been outcasted and ran off down the road and up into the forest area. Wish I knew what sex they are.
Female fox visited garden at about 07:50 this morning. She was limping and it looked like the left hind leg was injured. The coat was light red and the back and flanks were heavily brindled. Remained in the garden for about five minutes before moving into neighbouring garden.
Quite an amusing walk down polecat ally this morning apart from the pheasants, rabbits were running around in circles as if playing but scurried away when foxy loxy burst through the hedge and stopped just five yards away with eye brows lowered as only foxes can do. Did you see which way they went mate he said, well sometime the squinted eye expression speaks volumes does it not dear reader...
Yesterday I was changing from the Circle to the Central Line at Notting Hill Gate + as I walked along the connecting tunnel I saw a House Mouse run along the bottom of the steps + then saw his head appear out of a bit of grating, but dipped down when it realised I'd seen it!
After not seeing any Foxes on my patch for a couple of them on my local patch, both at different ends of the golf course development. One was marking his territory by a newly planted pine + as I walked past about 80 metres away I could see his ears perked up + eyes watching me from behind a hillock.
The second animal was sniffing around a few metres from a Skylark + as I suspect they have a nest I walked towards the Fox to make it run off.