I was out last night looking for a buck on a new piece of ground and also having a wander round its boundary just to get the lay of the land , I started by just following the fence along the side and round the back of the different blocks of forrestry to see whats about I was surprised by the amount of deer droppings lying about and even spied a healthy amount of deer.
I had spent about 3 hours wandering around and decided it was time to have a rest and sit in the highseat I found in the trees along a nice clear ride, after about 45 minutes a nice looking roe doe came munching her away along which I enjoyed watching , Then about 10 minutes after she had toddled off I became aware of something jumping around between the trees about the size of a good cat. I had a look through my binos and to my surprise it was a Pine Martin I watched it for a while jumping about till it decided to wander off into the trees.
I decided to give up waiting for my first buck on this new ground and head back to the motor so set off along the ride to the track, I couldn't have been more than 5 meters from the track when I became aware of another Pine Martin watching me from below a tree about 10 meters away (It always happens when I don't have my camera).
This is the first time I have ever seen a Pine Martin and I presume they must be a breeding pair but this new ground also has a few Grouse on it that the landowner wants to encourage to grow and repopulate. I am no expert but I fear the Pine Martins could be quite partial to grouse eggs and young I do also know that the PM's are protected and did make my night last night . I do love just sitting in the wood listening and watching because there is always something new to see or hear and if I get a deer then thats a bonus.