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Coppice update-Sunday 14th March 2010

tomcat > tomcat Blog > Coppice update-Sunday 14th March 2010
14/03/2010 - 2:02 PM

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Things appear to be still progressing well at the set up.
Popped over this morning for a couple of hours, mainly to top up the feeders and the water supply. It was pleasing to see them eventually drinking from the water bowls (Upturned plastic dustbin lids Wink )
Highlight of the morning was a Green Woodie who spent about ten minutes in the tree above the feeding station, calling for his mate.
Must find out where the ant hills are Smile

I have everything in place now, so I can shoot from at least three different positions, depending on the time of day and also the actual light itself.

Bird/Animal count who have visited or been in close proximity to the station is updated as follows:-

* Indicates no chance yet of a half decent photograph

Great tit
Blue tit
Longtailed tits-Who I now talk to and refer to them as "The boys"
Willow tit
Dunnock *
Wren *
Chaffinch *
Great spotted woodpecker *
Green woodpecker*
Goldfinch-Only seen the one *
Treecreeper *
Coal tit-Briefly yesterday *
Hare *
Muntjack *

It is a pity that I didn't have everything in place last Autumn, but that isn't a complaint, just a reflection hopefully of things to come Grin

Thanks for taking the time to read

Best wishes to all



TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 9:36 PM

The Coppice appears to be developing very well indeed, Adrian. The bird/animal count is looking encouraging, too. And with the anticipation of what Spring & Summer might produce, your hopes must be high for some great wildlife photography opportunities ahead.

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tomcat Plus Member 106361 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:07 PM

Hi Terry,
You know that as soon as you have recovered from your eye surgery, you are on the list to spend a pleasant day with me.

As soon as I set foot in the place, my whole life seems to change.
I just love the solitude of the place.
It isn't just about taking photographs.
It is about being amongst nature, without any disturbance from other people.
I know everyone is entitled to do what they want providing it is legal, but no dog walkers, noisy kids and the general noise that folks seem to make, is a blessing come true.
The fact that there is a small clay shoot in the neighbouring field twice a month, is of no consequence to me. I keep away during the shoot, first and third Sundays of each month between 10 & 12 and either pop up earlier, or go afterwards.

That is the main reason, I used to go to Fineshade early doors and leave after 10.00/11.00am.
To much disturbance.
After being deadly quiet for ages, hoping the Jay would pop in, it would do so at the same time as a family of four would come into the hide. Moment gone.

Get well soon


TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 11:06 PM

Thank you for your good wishes. I'm on the mend... Smile
I can't wait to join you amongst all that peace & solitude. I am very often the only person at my local reserve - I can be there all day without seeing another soul & that suits me just fine. Even if I do, they (perhaps one or two) are usually of a like mind.
As it is a family reserve, there are days in the summer when the place is over-run with school children for a couple of hours - when that happens, I head for the areas well away from the hide.
Fineshade is a great place but as you say, it can be too busy in the hide. I have asked about a dedicated bird-watchers/photographers' hide but apparently it's not an RSPB intention to provide an "exclusive" hide on what is, essentially, a family reserve.
Talk to you soon,

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