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Week in the woods: Harvested fields and animals moving more.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 26.08.2017 - 12:08

Posted by the Animal of the Year Team 23.08.2017 in Estonian
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On going to check the trail cameras I met a roe deer family on a freshly cleared winter rapeseed field. It seems to be a fawn and its mother who have also passed the trail camera in the forest. The fawn trusts the adult in everything. The young deer-to-be noticed me but only stopped to observe. When decisions have to be made then the mother decides. The doe however did not notice me and so they nibbled peacefully on at the field verge. 


While the doe was eating calmly the fawn did not let me out of its sight. Even on leaving the field it kept its ears laid back and continued observing. 


Week in the woods. Roe bucks barking.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 28.06.2017 - 10:58

 Posted by the  Animal of the Year Team - 21.06.2017

From a sea of flowers the roe deer rose and scampered towards the forest. Alone; in the nearest surroundings there was no fawn on the ground. So the fawns are so small that they will not follow the mother yet. The doe keeps them hidden in a sheltered place and goes there from time to time to suckle them. The time in between she spends on nibbling grass and lying down resting

A week in the woods. Badger Year’s last.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 03.01.2017 - 12:47

Posted by the Animal of the Year Team 31.12.2016

At Soosaare there was plenty of activity in the last week of the year. Badgers as well as raccoon dogs were out. The badgers made longer trips in the forest near the sett as in the previous week. The raccoon dogs were bolder too and seemed to move quite at the heels of the hosts.

A week in the woods. All three badgers at home.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 27.10.2016 - 10:18

Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 10.10.2016

More news now from the Soosaare sett. All three badgers whom we have seen here before the longish break passed in camera view last week. The large fat male badger with the bushy blunt tail, the large fat female badger with a narrower tail and now also a rather fat young badger but with a narrower tail. The younger badger differs from the female only by the proportions. Its body is smaller compared to the head. 

Week in the woods. Autumn colours and storm winds.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 16.10.2016 - 09:57

Quite a long time has passed and only raccoon dogs and other visitors come to the bog-side burrows of the Soosaare badger sett where we started monitoring this sett. The badgers that initially were in a playful mood and felt secure at home no longer do so. Their tracks and activities lately are at the rear side burrows only. Two weeks ago we installed a camera there too and the first batch of video clips is here.

Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 02.10.2016

Week in the woods. Autumn equinox.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 01.10.2016 - 11:16

Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 25.09.2016

September 22nd was the autumn equinox. Now night is longer than the day until spring. Evening dusk is already so cool that the breath of the boar herd that came to the sett steamed. It is good to see how the piglets from spring have filled out and that overall the herds in the woods here are large and healthy. A few tens of kilometres away the picture is different. The pest is doing its work and herds dwindle. 

Week in the woods. September 11th.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 23.09.2016 - 11:09

At Soosaare the raccoon dog pair has been frequent visitors. They check precisely that burrow entrance that is in front of the main camera. At 0:15 the raccoon dog looks anxiously towards the bog, probably a boar herd is the cause. The badger shows up too a couple of times. It is very suspicious, it did not even quite enter the burrow. At 0:47 seconds in the video it sniffs the burrow entrance and quickly leaves.

A week in the woods. Fourth week of August.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 09.09.2016 - 18:20

Posted by the Animal of the Year team 29.08.2016

The cavorting of the Soosaare badgers went on in the past week too. In the video at 0:15 one of the many noises that badgers can produce is heard. There seems to be only one badger cub from this year judging from the video records seen so far. It is not clear whether the somewhat larger playmate is one of last year’s young or even the badger female herself.

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