We do have quite a bit to report today. The Badger cam turned up an astonishing creature that I really didn’t expect to see, I will show you that in a little bit.
Fizz is on a bit of string for a reason and it’s not just because I lost her lead, I am keeping her out of trouble today.
But first, our first butterfly of 2015.
I had exactly the same thing last year with the same species waking up in February. I kept the curtains shut in my bedroom to keep the sun out and it went back to sleep. I let it go in March.
I have given this one a good book to read and sent it back to bed.
Well the drake is, no sign of the female yet.
Next is a little video that I made yesterday. This little bird sings for me every day and I always want to remember this.
That brings us to the mystery animal, this is the last thing that I expected to see up there.
The mystery is not what it is but what is it doing up there?
The only water around is the stream that feeds the pond the ducks are on. That is only a couple of feet wide and nearly three quarters of a mile from Badger cam.
It is of course a European Otter, Lutra lutra. I am told it might be a dispersing juvenile but dispersing from where?
Could there be Otters breeding on our little stream out back of the farm? I doubt it. I don’t know anything about Otters, I really didn’t expect to see one here. It is an exciting mystery 🙂