Something to Crow About

After yesterday's raptor-fest, I am determined to concentrate on one of our garden residents, the crow. Or to be exact, a pair who have set up home in a tall tree just over our fence. They're noisy, tolerant of most of the smaller birds, and prone to chasing wood pigeons who try to muscle in on their territory. I can't photograph the nest (it's hidden by branches), but there are plenty of opportunities for in-flight shots as they patrol the garden territory.

The nightly activity continues, with hedgehogs…

Foxes and hedgehogs…

There's even been a couple of fleeting glimpses of a vixen… she vaulted the fence rather than face the camera!

What, no badger? Well the badger does feature, but only via the trail cam. So do a couple of foxes and a very stoic hedgehog.

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Camera note: all daylight shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. The night photos are with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

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14 Comments

  1. wellisteffi April 11, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Great pictures. :up:
    The fox and hedgehog picture
    is amazing. :happy:

  2. SittingFox April 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Nice to see the hog and fox together, although I don't know how long their truce will last!

    My local crows have been extraordinarily noisy lately. It's kind of reminding me of a day in BC when the crows' cawing alerted me to the fact that there was a cougar in the bushes not so very far away :eyes: (Never saw her, but I found the tracks later that evening.)

  3. gdare April 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Smart birds, crows :up:

  4. cakkleberrylane April 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Beautiful photos. I wasn't able to get the video to run – probably my memory problems. I'll try again later. I love the fox and the hedgehog – it sounds like the title to a children's book!

  5. Words April 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Adele, I recall your crow/cougar post. One day you'll get the sighting, I'm sure of it. Thankfully the foxes seem to be ignoring the hogs, at least for the past couple of nights. Long may it last!

  6. Words April 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Erwin, thanks!

  7. Words April 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Darko, they certainly are. I'm really interested in seeing the fledglings, but I suspect that may be difficult. The leaves will probably have covered the tree by then.

  8. Words April 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Steffi, thanks! I was surprised to see the hedgehog go towards the fox, and then sit down next to it. I do worry for it though.

  9. Words April 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Lois, I had all sorts of problems embedding that video and ended up using the old 'embed' code from YouTube. Hope it's working now. While 'The Fox and the Hedgehog' would be a good children's book the 'Fox and Hedgehog' is undoubtedly a pub. Interesting the difference the definite article makes to meaning!

  10. SittingFox April 13, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    I did see a cougar about a month later in another area, but I didn't get a photo. It was there and then it was gone :right: :cat:

  11. anonymous April 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Gaina writes:

    Crows have to be one of my favourite birds, so beautiful and intelligent :).

    I loved the video – 1:08 where the fox chased the badger across the frame made me laugh :D.

  12. Words April 16, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Gaina, thanks. The crows are fascinating to watch in the garden. I'm glad you spotted the badger chase!

  13. Words April 16, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Adele, even a glimpse is special.

  14. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Beautiful Photos