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    Dead badger, staring at me as I ran past on the short stretch of road between the exit from the Outwoods and the entrance to Beacon Hill Country Park. No doubt Llani Boy will be pleased to know that there is one less specimen of this vermin stalking the fields and woods of Leicestershire.
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    I also saw a dead badger in North Warwickshire on my last cycle ride. I assume it had been hit by a car in the night at a decent speed, as it was a good 10 yards from the roadside.

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    Pairs of ravens doing that courtship display thing where they fly high then swoop down together, alternating flying upside down.

    Much like that scene in Top Gun in fact.

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    White stoat (ermine) with a little black tip on it's tail - along the Pennine Way between Low and High Force. Cute.
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    Two pairs of Mandarin Ducks on the Wharfe in Otley this morning. Always have to make a joke about Duck a La Orange when I see them!
    Also a Goldcrest feeding on a coconut full of fat. Lovely little birds.

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    Today's wildlife camera trap encounter. A fox - walking past the entrance to the badger set.

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    A veritable feast of wildlife on my cross-country run in the area between Coventry and Birmngham.

    Spotted a Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, also what i later identified as a Yellowhammer. And a couple of cows & calfs whilst negotiating a farmyard.

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    More signs of spring with woodpeckers hammering away in Great Farley wood on this morning's run.

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    I startled half a dozen curlew on todays run in the marshy fields near Reaps Moor this morning and they made a right racket which was music to my ears. On slightly higher ground below Merryton Low I disturbed a Mountain Hare which still had some of its white winter coat but was mainly brown.

    Wonderful.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    Cormorant! Spotted where the Harwood Beck joins the Tees in upper Teesdale. At a distance I thought it must be a heron, but its jet black colour was distinctive and as I drew level with it on the other side of the Tees, it's frantic short, flappy wings and other features also ruled the heron out. I've seen many on the coast but never so far inland. Its tall profile stood out markedly from the flocks of geese, lapwings, mallards and oyster-catchers around it.

    Just checked online and it seems cormorants are increasingly being found inland https://www.bto.org/understanding-bi...ocus/cormorant and even nesting in trees.
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