Last week I wandered over to the parish of Marlingford to an area of woodland and lakes which are secure enough for me to leave my recently acquired trailcam for several days without fear of it disappearing. It is an area which I regularly survey the wild birds but I thought it might also be a good way of checking out some of the local animal life.I picked a spot near to the river and opposite an obvious animal run and just left the camera on the ground.
The area is close to the river and I was treated to fly over grey heron and cormorants as well as a calling buzzard. There were plenty of continental blackbirds but the recent large flocks of redwing and fieldfare were very thinned out. The thrushes had been replaced by finches with large numbers of chaffinch and a flock of 30 Linnet which is nice to see and obviously benefiting from a large fallow field nearby and its seed crop.
After 5 nights out I recovered the camera and set about the simple process of checking through the video files. It is always a bit like unwrapping a christmas present you never quite know what you are going to get. The first big animal was no surprise given the size of the hole. A large Muntjac deer stands about 50 cm tall and I had captured several on film.
There are a number of other muntjac videos available on my youtube channel and further information on this diminutive non native but very common deer is available if you (click here). A large local population can be a threat to natural wild flowers and the lower level plant life. There are some who would argue that this can affect ground feeding and nesting birds but the next surprise on camera would perhaps suggest otherwise.
This was an unexpected avian surprise and whilst I knew the area, like many round Hethersett was likely to have some they are so secretive and nocturnal they are rarely seen. The woodcock is a resident bird with some visiting birds from scandinavia and Russia. Other birdlife which was more expected that turned up on camera were blackbirds, dunnocks a robin and a pheasant. The most common trigger of the infra red detectors wasn’t avian or the deer but mice and unless someone can tell me otherwise wood mice which bounced around every night the camera was out.