Wild New Year 4th January

So I am almost at the end of my 12 days of Christmas wild things, and I am cheating slightly as I am going to show some images from a wildlife camera that is set up in the wood just below the house. It’s taken me a bit of time to get a good location, as I had a lot of half animal and blurry images where the animals have come too close. But here are a couple of the better ones.

Firstly a pine marten. We have seen them in the past and know that they are around, though more by the signs they leave behind (mainly scats, i.e. their faeces). It is great to get an image to be sure.

Pine marten

And a much less illusive mammal, the fox, which we see a lot more regularly.

Fox

And finally for those of you with good eyesight – a little mouse, probably a wood mouse going by it’s shape.

16 thoughts on “Wild New Year 4th January

  1. bushboy

    What a great idea to discover what you don’t usually see. I must get my wildlife camera gong again. I was the mouse by the eyes straight away. Pine Martins, what do the eat and are they a “problem” around your place?

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Pine martens will take anything they find – everything from small mammals, birds, bird eggs, carrion. etc. They will eat quite a bit of wild fruit too. They can take poultry and can get into peoples attics (usually looking for safe place to raise young) but other than that they don’t cause a problem. They were trapped and poisoned for years but are protected now and there are good numbers again. They are thought to be a reason red squirrels numbers are increasing here in Ireland as they prey on the grey squirrels (an invasive here) who feed more on the ground. Saying that they have no problem climbing trees!

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  2. Eliza Waters

    I like that pine martins are increasing. Predators are so essential to a healthy ecosystem, and most see them as a problem instead of the larger benefit there is to having them balance rodent populations. Our deer numbers are increasing at a dangerous rate, both for deer health and road collisions. Yet still, predators are killed in great numbers, despite the need for them to do their work.

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