A lunchtime walk around the meadow was a welcome chance to get out of the office,taking in whatever breeze was around. Whilst I wandered, with the background chorus of crickets, grasshoppers and martins, I noticed a number of bare patches of earth near the hedgerows..
At first, I was intrigued about what could have caused them. It wasn’t a typical rabbit scrape, or a badger dig….
Having studied a few of them, I noticed a common feature on every one of them. The feathers. They are from red legged partridge. These birds spend their days scratching around for seeds etc. My guess is that the local partridge covey has taken a liking to our meadow. Might be worth setting up the camera trap – just to confirm.