Sunday 7 April 2024

Hedgehog Update

Look who's watching ...


It has been a joy to discover via the Trailcam just how often the hedgehog has been visiting our garden, though we are rather concerned that a local cat has been keeping a rather close eye on it. We have a hedgehog house and provide water. We put out fresh supplies of dried food containing insects each evening. David saw the hedgehog a few nights ago, but mostly we rely on the camera to keep us in the picture.  


Look at those feline eyes in the background.

Monday 1 April 2024

Down by the River Deben



Sutton Hoo (installation inspired by helmet)

We have enjoyed some waterside bird-watching recently at NT Sutton Hoo. These are our sightings (and 'listenings') so far. Merlin, the Cornell bird ID app has helped us along the way. We have found the app pretty reliable, though I suspect it is designed for users in the US. The bird recorded as a 'White Wagtail' was probably a Pied Wagtail.



3 March

  • Avocet (a)
  • Dunnock
  • Lapwing
  • Long-tailed tit
  • Oystercatcher (b)
  • Treecreeper
  • Shelduck (c)

9 March

  • Buzzard
  • Curlew (d)
  • Goldfinch 
  • Great spotted woodpecker
  • Great tit
  • Pied/White Wagtail 
  • Pheasant
  • Redshank (e)
  • Siskin
  • Wigeon
  • Plus: (a), (b) and (c)

17 March

  • Blue tit
  • Chaffinch
  • Magpie
  • Robin
  • Plus: (b), (c) and (d)

30 March

  • Blackbird
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chiffchaff
  • Green woodpecker
  • Herring gull
  • Jackdaw
  • Rook
  • Skylark (f)
  • Wren
  • Plus: (b) and (c) 
We also saw a Muntjac:

The Oystercatchers in the next photo were on this rampike.


1 April 

  • Black-backed gull
  • Canada goose
  • Mallard
  • Mute swan
  • Song thrush
  • Teal
  • Plus: (b), (c), (e) and (f)


36 species in total so far since 3 March. Those with a letter, such as (a), have been seen on more than one occasion. 



There were quite a few ladybirds, mainly but not exclusively 7-spots, on the Sutton Hoo site and a few butterflies: we noticed Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells and Red Admirals. We saw a beefly on Saturday, and two shieldbugs this afternoon on the gorse.