Yellow-necked Mouse

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The Yellow-necked Mouse is very difficult to distinguish from the Wood Mouse, but has a characteristic yellowish collar around its neck. It is restricted to the south and south-west of England and parts of Wales.

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Wild Boar

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A male Wild Boar in the Forest of Dean. This was photographed a couple of years ago, and we haven’t really had a decent fall of snow since, so I’m hoping for more this winter. The snow doesn’t really hinder the Wild Boar in their search for food, and they certainly endure colder and more harsh conditions in other countries. In fact, rooting in the snow also has the added benefit of exposing food to birds that would otherwise be unable to reach it. A Robin can be seen in this photo waiting for the boar to move along, but in fact there were 5 or 6 Robins following this boar around the woods.

More Wild Boar

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A cold day, and some rain followed by sunshine, made for quite an atmospheric sight last Tuesday as the condensation rose from these Wild Boar. The shadow from the sow partially obscured the plumes that appeared as she exhaled, but you can’t have it all. This photo was taken the day before the previous photo of the male in the snow.

Common Crossbill

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Crossbills are characterized by the mandibles crossing at their tips, which gives the group its English name. Using their crossed mandibles for leverage, crossbills are able to efficiently separate the scales of conifer cones and extract the seeds on which they feed. Adult males tend to be red or orange in colour, and females green or yellow, but there is much variation.