Well into June now and the hay is being cut so there is more of a chance to spot wildlife. As I made my way across Manor field towards Hambledon hill early in the morning I spotted a couple of animals in the field under the hill, they were a long way off but I managed to get photographs, if a little distant. Had an idea they were both Hares but it wasn’t until I got home and looked at my pictures on the computer, I realised one was a Fox and one a Hare! Nice to see a Hare so close to the village.
On the hill the Spotted Orchids are going over to be replaced by Pyramidal orchids. The Spotted Orchids have put on quite show this year and it looks like the Pyramidal ones are going to do the same.
It’s always worth taking my camera on an afternoon walk with Tilly and Rod down to the River Stour just on the off chance of seeing something interesting. We usually head towards the river and stand on the bridge watching the Chubb underneath the bridge, there are always a few big ones patrolling that area and we weren’t disappointed.
There are plenty of Damselflies around the river and the meadows especially the Banded Demoiselle, also one or two Dragonflies but they were too quick for me to take a photo!
There’s also always a chance of seeing a bird in the hedgerow although while it’s so hot and the end of the nesting season they seem to keep a low profile, it was goo to see this Wren singing on top of the hedge, a lot of song for such a small bird but very beautiful.