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We have a couple of stacks of 1 ton straw bales, 5 high and 2 wide, where I walk the dog before going home. At the moment it is dark, 5.30 ish, so I use a torch. Nearly every evening we spot 1 to 4 foxes, eyes shining, usually about 100 yards away. One time though when shining the light to the top of the bales, I picked up two large eyes. There is no way it was a fox, too high up, wrong colour eyes. I was not close enough to see anything else and it suddenly disappeared.  My thoughts were an owl. Then a couple of days ago I spotted another pair of eyes, half way up the stack, but smaller and orange yellow in colour this time.  I would  estimate the eyes to be about 2 to 3 inches apart, so not a rat and again not a fox. As I held the beam on it, the thing vanished. On closer inspection I could see a gap between the two stacks exactly at the height I'd seen the eyes, around 6 or 8 feet from the ground, presumably what ever it was had gone deeper into the  bales. Surely it's too early for owl chicks, I thought maybe a hawk because of the eye colour,  though in the  dark and going into a bake stack, that doesn't make sense either? Any ideas?

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Oh, you all know it's the black panther that roams from county to county whenever there is a quiet news day.

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3 hours ago, Mice! said:

Trail camera 👍

Nah I wouldn't of thought it would be a trail camera, they only have one eye open. 😁

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The farm cats here are quite willing to delve into the hay/straw bales and have yellow reflection from eyes in a normal torch light. 

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Doh! Didn't think about cat, though possibly  Soph would have  sniffed it out. The stack is a long way from any houses and nothing there to eat, could be feral cat maybe

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Strange it could be something out of space as come to visit or someone been to specksavers

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20 minutes ago, Jaymo said:

Was it Meghan hiding out Waiting for Harry to join her? 

more like megans next conquest............harry has been kicked into touch now..........he is back to mrs widow and her 4 daughters routine

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It could be be megan waiting for Harry or it could be somebody else someone  like ET

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I have 2 cats who often accompany myself and the dogs on our nightly walk. I use the same torch every night.

One of the cats , the Bengal has orange eyes reflection and the other, a big black moggy has whitey blue like the hid headlight bulbs seen in some cars.  

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23 hours ago, getthegat said:

Doh! Didn't think about cat, though possibly  Soph would have  sniffed it out. The stack is a long way from any houses and nothing there to eat, could be feral cat maybe

Bale stack would = mice and rat so plenty to eat 

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Eliminated a cat, as the position I saw it was not much more than a small clump of straw angled down,  so not enough for a cat to sit on. I did see a barn owl on a pillion last night, about 50 yards from the  straw stack, I'm thinking owls. A friend got a trail cam for Christmas and is going to set it up. 

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That might be worth putting up you never know you might find out what it is and sovle the mistry just hope it is not refugees hold in it

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Make sure you have your gat loaded and ready just in case it's some sort of beast of the night.

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