A Vole Rescue and other bits and pieces

I’ve been busy with other parts of life recently, hence the intermittent blogging. There are a few things to report though, about hte local wildlife, starting with a rescue of a baby vole. It happened at work where there is some building/digging going on. One of the site workers discovered a baby vole. It’s likely the nest had been disturbed by heavy digging, but he rescued one and passed it to a colleague of mine who found me in the main building, and from there it was a quick visit to my local animal rescue centre. Nothing very dramatic there, but it was a very tiny, very cute little thing. Sorry that the photo (taken on an iPod Touch) is so poor.

baby vole

Baby vole wrapped in toilet tissue

Other new babies on the block include these ducklings at Falmer pond.

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

There seem to be two broods, and hopefully they will survive and avoid the predators, one of which – unfortunately – is still lurking in the shallows.

terrapin

Terrapin at Falmer Pond

Predators are also a risk from above, and I was pleased to see a fine peregrine falcon fly over Falmer.

Peregrine falcon over Falmer

Peregrine falcon over Falmer

Meanwhile the badgers and foxes are still making good use of the garden. I’ve not seen any tonight, but will try again in a few minutes.

All for now…

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (baby vole taken on an iPod Touch).

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5 Comments

  1. derwandersmann May 18, 2015 at 1:29 am #

    A pity the terrapins are not in our deep South … the locals eat ’em.

    • Darko May 18, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      This is why they are not in USA south – they are extincted 😀

    • Words May 23, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

      Not a bad solution!

  2. Darko May 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Good to see that some people still feel the need to save animals, no matter how small and insignificant they might look. I am happy for that. As for predators and prey, this is a food chain, natural and nothing is wrong about it. They will all survive – one way or the other 🙂

    • Words May 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

      Darko, the problem is that terrapins are abandoned pets and have no natural predators of their own, so they destroy the native animals with impunity. We have very few duckling survive and no amphibians in that pond 🙁