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Coppice update

tomcat > tomcat Blog > Coppice update
19/02/2010 - 8:16 PM

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After the horrendous journey home yesterday evening, I awoke this morning at 5.20, took one look out of the window and decided I was not going to attempt the 70 mile journey to Nottingham.Nothing hurting at work, or at least nothing that one of the more local lads coudn't deal with.
Took the opportunity to visit my local GP, as the shoulder, which prevented me from attending the X-mas meet at the BWC, doesn't really seem to have improved muchSad
Outcome is that I have to have an X-ray. She didn't think it was the joint, but something possibly around the joint...Arthritis ???? Who knows.

Anyway enough of the gloom.Tongue
I picked up my forever willing brother-in-law and headed off to The Coppice.
As we approached the feeding station, we could see some activity.
Fifty percent of the Sunflower feeder had been consumed, along with some of the peanut feeder and the fatball feeder had been used too.

Anway, I rejigged some of the rails, put a feeding table in place, a couple of dustbin lids to collect rainfall(If it doesn't rain then I can fill them) and erected a tarpaulin hide as well.
While all this was activity was taking place, it became evident what had been using the Fatball feeder......Long tailed tits....who were flitting in and out while we were carrying out our tasks.

Spent about four hours there and we came away soaked. Not from rain but from the thawing snow off the trees...At times it was like being in a snowball fight as large dollops of snow fell from the trees onto our heads.

All good fun though and well worth itSmile

So I am off there in the morning with the camera, to see if I can bag Coppice One Wink
Unless there is a dramatic thaw then I will be faced with a totally white backgroundGrin

Early days, but very promisingSmile

Oops!..nearly forgot...met the local farmer who owns "my backdrop"Grin

I actually met him on Monday for the first time and explained who I was and what I was doing in the woods.I asked him what he had sown in the field and it turned out it was Wheat.
brown to green to yellow to gold as the months pass by..that'll do meWink.

More to the point he said he had no objection to me using his acreage for photography purposes....including the hares that are in abundance apparently.
It gets better and betterTongue

Thanks for reading



TerryMcK  771 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 8:30 PM

Looks all set to be absolutley ideal, Adrian. With Spring (?) on its way, you can expect some wonderful photographic opportunities. I'm feeling envious already...
I'm sure your dedication will be well rewarded.

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Once things are up and running Terry, expect an invite.
The way I have constructed the hide, it could just hold two people behind it.

If I get chance I will take a photo of the set up tomorrow and post it up on a blog


Last Modified By tomcat at 19 Feb 2010 - 9:25 PM
colmar  842 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 9:59 PM

Your enthusiasm is to be applauded , I do hope it is as successful as it seems to be heading already .... Colin

19 Feb 2010 - 10:57 PM

Thankyou Colin

KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94532 forum postsKarenFB vcard England166 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 6:57 AM

It sounds a brilliant set up. Hares! Now I'm really jealous. We've had one in the past, but I haven't seen him/her for a long time.

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