The red kites
There are sometimes geese on the ponds or flying overhead. These are Canada geese. They eat the vegetation like the weed and plants at the bottom of the ponds.
The roe deer and squirrels
This year, the dominant buck has an unusual growth on the left antler, more like the front tine on a red deer stag. Here it is with a much younger buck. I wondered whether this was a show of dominance, but I have seen the two together since, so probably not.
Back along the river
The second half of the walk is through the woods, and beside a river. It is more sheltered on this part of the walk because of the trees, and it can be really spooky in the dark. On this steep bank is where I left my trail cam to watch a small path to see if we could find otters or mink, but all I got was rats.
Just off from the road is this roe buck skeleton, but I left it for my brother to find ( he is getting interested in bones now ! ) Beside that skeleton is a stream that comes out the side of a tunnel, and the tunnel must be some distance, as I can't find the other end of it anywhere.
If you look in to one of the fields opposite the fungi and buck skeleton, you will see a part of a hollow tree trunk. When I first saw it, I went to have a look in it.
At first it just looks like some sheep wool, but if you look closer you can see that it is one of last years lambs - it must have died in the winter, and you can tell by the unfused ends of the bones that this was a juvenile animal. It must have got cold, climbed in here, went to sleep and never woke up. It was really sad seeing this.
The river wildlife
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