Posted: 26 September 2022
After having had the wildlife camera stationed in the Grounds by the bridge to the island for the last two weeks, it was returned to the Poor's Allotment where, this week, it captured a variety of wildlife including, for the first time a barking Muntjac. This week I have put the clips showing Red Deer in a separate video.
Almost forty minutes after midnight we see a fox make its way from south to north past the bridge to our land.
Here are two clips captured within two minutes of each other. The first ends as the squirrel climbs the tree, but unlike on 30 April there is no shake of the tale. The video fades to a clip captured a couple of minutes later where the squirrel goes under the bridge, followed by another fade to the point when it emerges again a short while later and crosses to the Ruston House side.
It was only recently that I read that an alternative name for Muntjac is Barking Deer. As the clip starts we see a pigeon land near the camera with a Muntjac approaching it with tail raised, that often seems to indicate alarm. Just before dismounting the bridge it "barks" and then again, with tail still raised, as it leaves the frame following the route taken by the pigeon.
The final sequence is of a pair of squirrels. Again two clips are merged with the second captured nine minutes after the first. It stats with one squirrel on the bridge and another following it. The second starts with a squirrel emerging from under the bridge. it runs off towards the camera, but then a second squirrel emerges from under the bridge which follows the first squirrel.
The clip opens with a female red deer approaching the bridge to the Poor's Allotment from the north. It's a shame that Red Deer seem to avoid the more open ground near the dyke and end up being too close to the camera for the best shots.
Nine minutes later a stag arrives. I had always wondered how a stag copes with with the dense woodland of the Poor's Allotment. I guess I now know - they barge their way trough it taking all the vegetation with them.
The clip concludes with another clip of a stag, this time without "decoration", travelling north at some speed. Did you notice the Muntjac in the background?