So big wood today, I arrived around 3pm on a glorious sunny afternoon, headed up to feeder one and there was an actual squirrel disappearing up the feeder tree!
I waited a good while but it didn't show up again, although two pheasants were busy at the base of the feeder tree.
I was very surprised to find the feed well down as its been largely untouched lately.
Then I went wandering in a random direction heading for feeder two, I didn't see any squirrels as I pushed through the bracken in an area I don't go.
I made my way into position at feeder2 and again there were two pheasants around the base, then I spotted a squirrel further up the bank, I gave it 15 mins then decided to try and get close enough for a shot as it was happy rooting around.
(The pheasants do a good job of cleaning up. )
No sooner was I in view than a squirrel headed away from the feeder tree, no idea if it was the same one or another but it shot off.
I went back to where I had been and enjoyed watching the birds coming and going, plus a little mouse just in front of me which kept catching my eye, there was a squirrel mooching further up again but I stayed put and up popped a squirrel on the feeder! It was head down feeding like a dog in bowl, I'd travelled light today, no sticks just the gun bag and game bag/seat so I'm sat with my elbow resting on my knee leaning against a wall.
PFFT WHACK it dangled then dropped giving the pheasant quite a shock, nothing else showed so I moved up, a healthy young male, but with the usual chest of ticks although they looked small and new without the sores I often see.
Exit wound, JSB heavies not messing around.
I was stood looking around when a sparrow hawk came swooping in and landed in front of me, there is no way it couldn't see me but it just sat there, no doubt looking for the tits that frequent the feeder, it hung around for a few minutes then just hopped off the branch and flew away, beautiful to see so close.
I then headed further up the hill, I've been so far before to a footpath but not further, that was today's plan a bit of exploration, and I hit gold, I found probably 6 mature sweet chestnut trees, fruit everywhere plus some big oaks, unfortunately there right on the footpaths but there are bound to be squirrels up there, and I'll be back up there next week 😀