Sunday, 19 December 2010

Tracks of domestic cat

Tracks of a domestic cat in snow. Note round shape of each print and lack of claw marks. Budapest, December 19th, 2010.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Roe Deer Tracks

Hoof prints of a Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus. Note the very narrow and pointed shapes. 

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Robin's Pin Cushions

Robin's Pin Cushions are wasp galls made by Diplolepis rosae. The grub inside these fluffy galls feeds on the plant before emerging.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Black Woodpecker Hole in Log

Log on the ground with hole created by a foraging Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius. Buda Hills, Hungary, October 2010.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Beetle and Woodpeckers signs

Oak tree with the exposed burrows of Cerambyx beetles and the beak marks and holes (on the left) made by Black Woodpecker which has searched for them. Buda Hills, Hungary, October 2010.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Cones Gnawed by Red Squirrel

Conifer cones gnawed by Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris. Buda Hills, Hungary.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Marten Dropping

Dropping of a mustelid, probably a Beech Marten Martes foina or a Pine Marten Martes martes. Such droppings are often placed in prominent places, like paths or logs, where other mustelids can easily see them. Thus, though are often rather pungent they are also meant as visible markers. One Euro coin for size comparison. Found in a mixed forest in Slovensky kras, Eastern Slovakia.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

More Deer Barking

Barking of a sapling by a deer. Probably Roe Deer. Buda Hills, Hungary, September, 2010.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Tree barked by deer

Deer strip off bark and eat it and also gnaw at the wood beneath. This is called "barking". Teeth marks are left on the tree, as in this picture here taken in the Buda Hills, Hungary in 2010. It is hard to say for certain which species did this, but only Roe and Red Deer occur in those woods and as the barking was quite low down, the most likely species is Roe Deer.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Cones Wedged in Trees

Conifer cones wedged in crevices in the bark of a tree. Probably the work of Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. Woodpeckers do this in order to be able to extract the conifer seeds. Bialowieza, Poland, May 2010.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Otter Tracks

Tracks of Otter Lutra lutra in the mud of a drained fishpond. Near Pszczyna, Poland, September 2010.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Capercaillie droppings

Droppings of Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus. Near Viiksimo, Karelia, Finland.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Beaten-up Tree Stump - Black Woodpecker

Tree stump "beaten-up" (hacked into when in search of invertebrate prey) by Black Woodpecker Dryocopos martius.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

European Pond Terrapin Shell

Shell of European Pond Terrapin Emys orbicularis. Kiskunsag Nat Park, Hungary, June 2010.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Canadian and European Beavers

There are two species of beaver in Europe, the native European Castor fiberis and the introduced Canadian Castor canadensis (aka North American Beaver). The field signs of both are identical so when finding marks and signs (such as in this photo) it is hard to decide which species is responsible. Photo taken in the Patvinsuo National Park, Finland where apparently only Canadian Beaver occurs.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Elk droppings

Elk Alces alces droppings. Near Kuhmo, Finland, July 2010. Mobile phone placed alongside for size comparison.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Fieldfare Nest

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris nest in a hide in the Bialowieza NP, Poland, May 2010.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Barn Swallow nest

Partially built nest of Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica, Hortobagy, Hungary, June 2010.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Red-backed Shrike Larder

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita impaled on a thorn by Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio. This small shrike is known as the "butcher bird" in folk-English because of its habit of storing prey in this way, on thorns, sharp twigs, barbed wire, etc, so-called larders. The victim is half-eaten and there is a parasitic wasp on the exposed flesh near the thorn. Aggtelek, Hungary, June 2010.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Shell of Roman Snail

Shell of Roman Snail Helix pomatia. Aggtelek, Hungary, June 2010. Aka "Edible Snail".

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Black Woodpecker Feeding Holes

Classic large holes made by Black Woodpecker Dryocopos martius when excavating into a tree to reach a Carpenter Ant colony. Soutok, Czech Republic, May 2010.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Pheasant Nest

Nest and eggs of Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus (aka Ring-necked Pheasant). Bogacs, Hungary. May 2010.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Blackbird Nest

Blackbird Turdus merula nest in a broken, hollow tree stump. Bialowieza, Poland, May 2010.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Hoof Print of European Bison

Hoof print of European Bison Bison bonasus in mud. This is Europe's heaviest land mammal. Bialowieza, Poland, May 2010.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Black Woodpecker Nest Hole

Nest hole of Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius in a beech tree. Bukk Hills, Hungary, May 2010. The oval shape of the entrance is typical.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Tree Stumps - Beaver

Tree stumps after European Beaver Castor fiber has felled the trees. Near Nove Mlyny, South Moravia, Czech Republic, April 2010.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Beaver Dam

Dam built by European Beaver Castor fiber, Nove Mlyny Reservoir, South Moravia, Czech Republic, April 2010 (Phil Briggs).

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Old House Martin Nests

Old, broken, House Martin Delichon urbica nests like these are often are used by sparrows as nesting sites. This colony was established in the gap above an ornate window on the Lednice Chateau, South Moravia. Taken in April 2010.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

House Martin Nest

Newly built House Martin Delichon urbica nest. Skradin, Croatia, April 2010.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Spanish Sparrow Colony

Nesting colony of Spanish Sparrows Passer hispaniolensis. Skradin, Croatia, April 2010.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Capercaillie Tracks

Fresh tracks of a male Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus in snow. Soometsa, Estonia.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Woodpecker Anvil

Conifer cone wedged in the anvil (aka "smithy" or "workshop") of a woodpecker. Almost certainly Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. Sooma NP, Estonia.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Mole Hills

A group of new mole-hills (mole-mounds) created by European Mole Talpa europaea. As soon as winter snows melt moles throw up these hills. Palava Hills, Czech Republic, March, 2010.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Raven Nest

Nest of Common Raven Corvus corax in hole in a limestone cliff. Palava Hills, Czech Republic, March 2010.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Red Deer Hoof

Hoof print of Red Deer Cervus elaphus in snow. Pilis Hills, Hungary, February 2010.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Wild Boar Tracks in Snow

Trail left in deep snow by Wild Boar Sus scrofa. Bakony Hills, Hungary, February 2010.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Woodpecker Fresh Feeding Hole

Feeding hole made by a woodpecker. Due to the location (Buda Hills, Hungary), tree species (pine) and size of peck marks etc, probably the work of Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Red Squirrel Paw Prints

Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris paw prints in snow. Buda Hills, Hungary, February 2010.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Bird Tracks in Snow

These tracks in fresh snow are hard to diagnose. They are of a fairly large bird but too indistinct to positively ID. The two candidates are Feral Pigeon and Hooded Crow Corvus cornix as both were present in the garden at the time. Budapest, January, 2010.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Red Deer Fraying

Small tree frayed by Red Deer Cervus elaphus. Volovske Mountains, Slovakia, September 2009. To remove the velvet from antlers deer rub them against small trees. Red deer do this just before the rut in autumn. This method of rubbing off the velvet to expose the new, hard antlers is called fraying. In the process bark and twigs are removed and snapped.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Hooded Crow Tracks in Snow

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix tracks and cleared patch of snow where feeding took place. Budapest, January, 2010.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Common Crane Footprint in Mud

Footprint of Common Crane Grus grus. Fekete-ret, Hortobagy NP, Hungary, October 2009.