Wildlife in my local patch

Hampshire UK

Water Voles at Titchfield Canal

Yesterday afternoon we went for a walk along the canal at titchfield which leads to the reserve there. We were really lucky to see a lot of water vole activity there.

water-vole

Not 20 meters down the track we saw a water vole happily munching on some vegetation on the opposite side of the river. It seemed unfazed at the people walking by.

water-vole-eating

onthe way back we saw this one swimming back and forth across the river with bits of reed and grass it seemed to be making a nest in side the closest river bank. water-vole-swimming

jay

I spotted this jay sitting on a post and displaying similar behaviour to a flycatcher; flying a few meters from its perch to grab a fly and then land in the same spot. When it landed with a dragonfly in its mouth  I realised it was doing exactly that but with a much bigger prey.

jay-eating-a-dragonfly

Banded-Demoiselle-Male

There were many Banded demoiselles flying around the canal this one stayed in one place long enough for me to take this picture.

noisy-gs-woodpecker-nest

Yo could hear the Greater Spotted woodpecker chicks in one of these holes in the tree next to  the path.

deer

 

Author: Jackson Hellewell

Jackson is a young person with an active interest in natural history. He has been asked to be a Local Patch Reporter, writing a regular nature blog about the wildlife in his area for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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