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I haven’t been very far in the last week or so, the weather has been very hot and bright and I have to admit it doesn’t agree with me so I stay indoors until it cools down in the evening. But Tilly and I still enjoy our early morning walks, although even they have been quite humid.

Towards the Blackmore Vale from the Stone Circle near Shroton Brake.
Towards the Blackmore Vale from the Stone Circle near Shroton Brake.

I wait until the morning when I look out the window to decide where we will go for our early walk, we’ve had some interesting walks this last few days on NT Ringmoor near Okeford hill where I saw two Hares, the first time I have seen them up there for many years, hopefully I may see them another time. Yesterday I walked round Hambledon Hill to Shroton Brake and back home via Ridgeway Lane, it was a beautiful morning across the Blackmore Vale and towards the hill.

Hambledon Hill from Abergavenny Farm near Ridgeway Lane.
Hambledon Hill from Abergavenny Farm near Ridgeway Lane.

This morning we went along the Trailway to Hammoon, I noticed there weren’t so many birds about many were keeping undercover, by the looks of the Blackbirds coming into our garden now the moulting season is here. The Blackbird in the image above looks very tatty!

What I did see in the same area near Hammon were Linnets RSPB – Linnets and Yellowhammers RSPB – Yellowhammer both of these birds are on the Red endangered list, I have seen Yellowhammers on my local walks but never Linnets so I’m really pleased about that. The pictures aren’t brilliant as I couldn’t get too close and just as I went to take a photo a cyclist came along frightening them away!

Linnet
Linnet
Linnet
Linnet
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

In the late afternoon we take Tilly for a walk down the lane and footpaths that go through Goldhill Farm Organic farm, this afternoon I attempted to list the species of Butterflies I saw, they included:

  • Meadow Brown
  • Gatekeeper
  • Speckled Wood
  • Comma
  • Red Admiral
  • Little Heath
  • Ringlet
  • Small Tortoiseshell
  • Peacock
  • Little Skipper
  • Marbled White
  • Large White
  • Little Skipper

And probably some I’ve missed! The warm sun has really brought them out. Also there were many species of Damsel flies and we also saw a huge Dragonfly, gold and black a Golden Ringed Dragonfly I think. I must walk down there with my camera but heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow!

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