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.


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.


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


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.



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


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



Author: Jackson

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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