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Got out of the Land Rover when something caught my eye. I just caught a
glimpse of some bird flying off from ground level and then hitting a rabbit
fence. Next moment, a sparrowhawk flew away from the same area. I jumped
the fence and found two spots with plucked grey partridge feathers. Looks
like my arrival saved someone's life!

Up in the high seat, I was amused to watch the rabbits chasing each other
with the obvious joys of spring. Then I noticed another rabbit about 25
yards away, heading towards these nearer ones. There was something odd
about it. The binoculars showed that it was carrying a large bunch of grass
and moss. It attempted to enter a hole near where I'd seen the others
playing but it got chased by one of the occupants. The two set off like
express trains, the gift bearer chased back to exactly where he had come
from. Now what was all that about? A rejected peace offering? "Flowers" for
the lady?

Next thing, I see a family group of four roe ambling across the field to
the young wood. They are taking their time, stopping to graze, and the two
young male yearlings sparring and chasing each other. It was pretty to
watch, but they were lucky. They were out of range and in a position
impossible to stalk. It is these young bucks which will be stripping the
young trees in a few weeks.

Cock pheasants everywhere. I would like to see more hens but suspect it is
1:1 this season. Anyone any ideas why having more cocks is considered a bad
thing? I know some estaes trap them up but presumably this is as much to
save on feed as anything else.

I've had three successes from high seats this season but nothing at all
since the weather went cold again. Bloody unpleasant sitting in a high seat
with the wind going up one trouser leg and down the other. Even the sight
of a deer would make it worthwhile, but zilch. So I'm not venturing out
again until the weather gets warmer. I attempted to stalk three roe feeding
amongst the trees last night but it was an impossible exercise. I have
explained to the forestry department that they will have to cut the weed
growth if they want better roe control. They will also have to pay for more
high seats.

Today, I have been making wooden Larsen traps. It is a long slow job but a
good band saw helps enormously. Precision in cutting the lengths and joints
makes assembly easier and I've treated myself to an electric stapler for
attaching the weld mesh. Now, where am I going to get a live crow from?
 
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In message <Xns9639C7B3CE549derryadviegundogscou@130.133.1.4>, Derry
Argue <home@adviegundogs.co.uk> writes

>Up in the high seat, I was amused to watch the rabbits chasing each other
>with the obvious joys of spring. Then I noticed another rabbit about 25
>yards away, heading towards these nearer ones. There was something odd
>about it. The binoculars showed that it was carrying a large bunch of grass
>and moss. It attempted to enter a hole near where I'd seen the others
>playing but it got chased by one of the occupants. The two set off like
>express trains, the gift bearer chased back to exactly where he had come
>from. Now what was all that about? A rejected peace offering? "Flowers" for
>the lady?

It was a doe, carrying bedding for her nest. I'll bet the hole is a
stop?


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Jonathan Spencer wrote:
> In message <Xns9639C7B3CE549derryadviegundogscou@130.133.1.4>, Derry
> Argue <home@adviegundogs.co.uk> writes
>
>> Up in the high seat, I was amused to watch the rabbits chasing each other
>> with the obvious joys of spring. Then I noticed another rabbit about 25
>> yards away, heading towards these nearer ones. There was something odd
>> about it. The binoculars showed that it was carrying a large bunch of
>> grass
>> and moss. It attempted to enter a hole near where I'd seen the others
>> playing but it got chased by one of the occupants. The two set off like
>> express trains, the gift bearer chased back to exactly where he had come
>> from. Now what was all that about? A rejected peace offering?
>> "Flowers" for
>> the lady?
>
>
> It was a doe, carrying bedding for her nest. I'll bet the hole is a stop?
>
>
It was a doe, carrying bedding but was met by the dominate doe who told
her to go away!


John
 
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John <john.p.young*removethislittlebit*@ntlworld.com> wrote in
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> It was a doe, carrying bedding but was met by the dominate doe who told
> her to go away!

Sounds logical. But I think "she" was chased by two rabbits. Presumably the
second was the male chasing with another idea in mind!<g>

I've never before seen a wild rabbit carrying stuff like that.

Derry
 
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John <john.p.young*removethislittlebit*@ntlworld.com> wrote in
news:3ceo7jF6p119jU1@individual.net:

> the ones at the top of
> the pile will live at the top of the hill,

The man is telepathic. How the heck did he know the holes were at the top
of the hill??<g>

OK, when would be the best time to go back up my tree? Driving around on
the quad the other morning (just to see what was about) six roe jumped the
fence near this high seat. Have they been back? Hell, no!!!

Is it the cold wind? Intermittent rain? Should I forget it until the
weather is warm and still? The high seat is on the edge of young forestry
but the roe come from neighbouring (rather neglected) farm land where they
are never shot (the owner doesn't approve of shooting). In fact, I now have
three high seats guarding this approach.

I tried stalking three roe amongst the trees later that day (in another
spot) but it is hopeless. Just too much weed growth and crunchy dead
leaves.

Derry
 
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On 17 Apr 2005 16:25:02 GMT, Derry Argue
<home@adviegundogs.co.uk> wrote:

>John <john.p.young*removethislittlebit*@ntlworld.com> wrote in
>news:3ceo7jF6p119jU1@individual.net:
>
>> the ones at the top of
>> the pile will live at the top of the hill,
>
>The man is telepathic. How the heck did he know the holes were at the top
>of the hill??<g>
>
Probably the fruits of a miss-spent youth ;-)

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