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Nice footage of a Harvest Mouse this weekend. 150 triggers on the remote camera, just this one clip in the daytime, and therefore of good quality hd footage.

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I put the mammal camera out in a waterside location, deeply hidden under the bank, and scattered some bird food on the mud. Plenty of action with Wood Mouse ,and later Brown Rat. Also a Robin triggered the camera on numerous occasions.

The most spectacular sighting was this American Mink which moved past just minutes before I retrieved the camera. An escape and widely regarded as a pest in the UK.

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Some good bats around Calshot, with Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, and Nathusius' Pipistrelle recorded, plus a probable Leislers' Bat. Also, during the daytime, some good flight views of Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.
Ran the Bat detector overnight in the Calshot area. The detector was overlooking the Solent, and conditions were quite mild. I know there are Common and Soprano Pipistrelle in the area, and both of these species were recorded during the Evening, but later, two recordings looked pretty promising.
The first, with a peak frequency of 35-36KHz matches Nathusius' Pipistrelle quite nicely. Only one call was close enough to show the typical hockey stick call shape, but the peak frequency and call lengths of all 4 calls looked good. Nathusius' Pipistrelle, is a highly migratory species which passes thru the UK each Autumn.

The second, peaking in the mid-20's, looks good for Leisler's Bat, but some caution is needed with the often similar sounding Noctule. Although in such an open environment as over sea, you would expect Noctule calls to be more of the familiar Chip-Chop, and frequencies around 20KHz. Again calls are faint, but the parameters look good. This one will have to go down as a "probable"
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01/10/2017
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No picture today sadly, but a walk around the woodland and marsh north of Calshot was memorable for two pretty good views of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.

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More Smooth Snake surveying in the nice weather. A female Adder disturbed at close range was a highlight. Also a Slow Worm and a few Common Lizards ,one of which sat tight for a pic. Also Meadow Grasshoppers in abundance.
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30/08/2017
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Some bat detector outputs in the screenshot, but the highlight of this survey was a very close Otter swimming past me, right into the beam of my torch.. majestic!
Completed my Bat surveys for the year with a Waterways survey of Daubenten's Bats at the River Test. amazing numbers with over 60 "passes" during the two surveys. Many will be the same bat, but even so, that's a lot of activity!

Also, plenty of Natterer's in the area, and the screenshot below of Daubenten's (top) and Natterer's (bottom) illustrates the more curved sonograms of Daubenten's, compared to the straighter Natterer's calls. Not much in it though, and it is fortunate that their behaviour differs so radically, with Daubenten's hovercrafting over the surface, Natterer's taking head shots at anyone walking near them!
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Northern Wall Brown, a new Butterfly for me, found in Kandersteg, Switzerland
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A week on holiday in Switzerland, and aside from Nutcracker, Bonelli's Warbler, and Crag Martins, the area did have a strangely Scottish feel to it, with Crested Tit, Fieldfare, Golden Eagle, Crossbill, and Red Squirrel.

What I wasn't expecting was to walk into a Scottish nightmare of trying to separate Scotch Argus and Arran Brown butterflies! As far as I can tell, the first two are Arran Brown, with prominant white lines under the hindwing; the second two are Scotch Argus with dark underwings.
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20/08/2017
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Two Grasshoppers from the New Forest heathland this morning. The first, predominantly green, insect was a Meadow Grasshopper, the second, I'm pretty sure is the rare Heath Grasshopper. Should be able to find another in the same area in the coming weeks, and confirm 100%.
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20/08/2017
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After a brief glimpse of my first UK Adder last month, I got a better look at one in the New Forest. This was found during my first New Forest Smooth Snake survey, for which I am now trained up as a volunteer.

No Smooth Snakes seen, but this Female Adder (Brown zigzags, as opposed to black on a male) was a nice consolation.
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