I saw fox cubs at play around a chipping wood stack. This is also a bit of explanation to the fact that the fox burrows in the neighbourhood were empty this year. Why a fox family should prefer chips stacks to the burrows is not clear. In the stacks at field verges brown hares (Lepus europaeus), various rodents, weasels and stoats may also live, in addition to the above foxes and raccoon dogs. In forests there are also pine martens and several more rodent species besides those mentioned. Of birds I have come across wagtails, redbacked shrikes, whitethroats, blackbirds, wrens, robins etc.
In addition to the badgers, sometimes also foxes and raccoon dogs live in badger setts but with the changes in the use of wood their choice of places for living has widened in recent years. A new phenomenon in our landscape are the stacks of wood chips. As ever, nature does not like empty space and so new inhabitants have quickly moved into these stacks too. Usually stacks left standing for a somewhat longer period are preferred. Furred as well as feathered species live there.
In a stack left standing for a couple of years I this year discovered raccoon dog pups – among the most lovable animal ”children” in our forests.
Webcam image captured by Hagnat, LK forum
Summary of buzzard camera events Hagnat, LK forum
On July 2nd we saw the buzzards at the nest for the last time
Buzzard Hiireviu Buteo buteo
We always continue hoping to see the nest inhabitants visiting the birthplace. But for buzzards the ties to the nest break at once on leaving (although certainly there may be exceptions).
Buzzards start their autumn migration in September-October, and LK will have reports from the migration. The young buzzards that were hatched this year will begin nesting in their third calendar year.
Video recorded by Tuomokoo, LK forum
White-tailed eagle Merikotkas Haliaeëtus albicilla
Small mishaps always happen to the eaglets hanging about in the nest tree – they cannot estimate a gust of wind, or become too daring. Large birds, wing span already a couple of metres, and so they need not particularly fear a fall. Calls can be heard from a couple of branch layers below.
Last year there was a similar accident in the white-tailed eagle nest, see the previous video as reminder LINK