Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Spruce Cones Opened By Crossbills

Spruce cones found on the ground below trees were Common Crossbills Loxia curvirostra had been feeding. The birds have twisted them open them to extract the seeds. High Tatras, Slovakia, September 2009.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Spruce Bark Beetle Work - 2

Another example (see previous post) of the work of the larvae of European Spruce Bark Beetle Ips typographus on Norway Spruce Picea abies. Volovske Mountains, Slovakia, September 2009.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Spruce Bark Beetle Work

Marks and burrows made by the larvae of European Spruce Bark Beetle Ips typographus on Norway Spruce Picea abies. The bark has been removed and peeled back by Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus. This woodpecker specialises in predating the larvae of bark beetles. Volovske Mountains, Slovakia, September 2009.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Acorn and Nuthatch

Acorn wedged in bark crevice and hacked open by a Nuthatch Sitta europea. Kosice, Slovakia, September 2009.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Roe Deer Tracks

Tracks of Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus in damp sandy soil. Note that they are very narrow and pointed. Near Breclav, South Moravia, Czech Republic, March 2009.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Old Work of Beaver

A tree worked some time ago by European Beaver Castor fiber. That is, the trunk was not completely gnawed through and the tree did not fall. Not the dark colour of the wood. Sooma NP, Estonia, May 2009.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Beech Marten Dropping

Dropping of Beech Marten Martes foina (aka Stone Marten). These droppings are often places in prominate places (on stones, walls, stumps, logs and, as in this photo, buildings) where other martens can easily see them. Note the reddish colour and seed content due to the animal feeding on a nearby cherry tree. Found at Hortobagy-halasto, Hungary, August 2009.