I've been trying to write a new blog post for a while now. I've a few half hearted, uninspired attempts on my desktop as I write this one on my phone. I'm good at starting them off but not so good at finishing them.
I'm attempting to write this blog whilst sitting in my pine marten hide looking out toward a backlit scene, which should, according to my weather app, be shaded and wet! I've decided to share whatever I write. If it ends abruptly then I've either spotted the marten, fallen asleep or given up!
Blackbirds, Robin, dunnock, a grey wagtail and three red squirrels have kept me company so far although I did fall asleep for 40 minutes and may have missed the sight of pine martens posing perfectly or roller skating a 'strip the willow'! I'll never know! I was eventually woken by the sound of a squirrel gnawing on a nut. They're so helpful as well as cute!! I almost missed lunchtime!
It's bright. Annoyingly bright but just like the wildlife, I've no control over the weather so I'll just get on with it. I'm waiting for a pine marten. Feels like I've spent the last 8+ years doing that and often without success! They're addictive! Hard work but worth it and my patience and perseverance has paid off. It's pleasing to have made positive progress with pine martens.
This year has been great as the marvellous mustelid has visited the hide, in daylight, for well over a month now. She's stunning and has a very distinctive bib which makes her instantly recognisable. I've met her before, last summer, but she's much more relaxed this year. I've watched as her pattern has changed over the past month.
Add that to the list as a male GSW just stopped my progress!! He's just flown off. A nice interruption!! No photos but a nice sighting. Bonnie birds!
Anyway, back to the marten. As I was saying, I've watched as her pattern has changed from super shy to a wee bit bold. She just appears. As if she's been teleported from another world. Always arriving at the exact same spot without warning. She's fast. Agile and she's very alert with senses as sharp as tack.
As the weeks have progressed, her newly found boldness means that she'll now arrive from a different direction. Often showing herself from the distant gorse in front of the hide. Her den is over there. Somewhere behind the gorse you can see in these pictures. It could be a mile away, closer but I'll never know for sure.
Chuck, chuck, chuck! There's a squirrel outside the hide!! Tailswishing, ears twitching and stamping her feet! I guess she's trying to tell me something? It's a cute we thing. Lovely red coat, bushy tail and a wee hint of ear tufts too. They always make me smile.
Pine martens are hard work so I use a Bushnell trail camera to monitor their movements when I'm elsewhere. Trail cameras give an invaluable insight about what comes and hues and when. Badgers, bats, fox, roe deer, owls as well as squirrels and martens have all put in an appearance at my hide and some amazing behaviours has been recorded thanks to those clever little gadget.
Ok. That'll do for now as my phone battery is low. 10%! How did we ever managed before we had mobile phones? Socialising and communicating by talking to folk is so-o last year!
Part two will follow later.