It looks like we have lost the older vole from by the house and although there are still at least two late 2012 born youngsters living there, they are not providing much in the way of photo opportunities. It's normal for the voles to be more nervous at this time of year and these two dash around like weasels on speed. As soon as we start looking towards some warmer weather I intend to get some work done in the area near the house and plant marginal and aquatic vegetation on the north and west banks which the voles are not currently using. Hopefully this will create a more diverse, richer habitat for the voles and also provide further photo ops for us.
There are voles in several stretches of the stream including lots of fresh sign in the area I replanted a couple of years ago so I'm hoping these currently elusive chaps will start to show better later in the year. This is a very nice area which gets good light all day. The stream is wide and slow here too, making for nice reflections and swimming shots. In fact, I'm seeing voles in areas where I haven't seen them for several years including the one above which swam across a very misty stream this morning while I was waiting for a fox to cross.