We are being treated to some lovely days in October so far, couple of well needed rainy days but at times it has felt like summer. There have also been some beautiful sunrises and I am out well before dawn ready to see them.

Sunrise in Netmead field
Sunrise in Netmead field
Sunrise on the Trailway near Bere Marsh Farm
Sunrise on the Trailway near Bere Marsh Farm

I am seeing more birds about now and I am starting to hear Tawny Owls early in the morning it is now the time they start re-establishing their territories. One bird that seems to have done particularly well this year is the Jay, where ever I walk I usually see a pair often being alerted by their distinctive call, I still haven’t managed to get a good picture of one as they are quite shy, although I got this distant image of one on a fence post in Manor field.

Jay
Jay

There has been work on Station road for a few weeks and the road has been partially closed, a good time to take a look over the bridge into the River Stour. Some times I think there is nothing about but wait awhile and it’s surprising what you see in a short time. Always there are Mallard ducks and a Moorhen but quite often I see a Kingfisher in flight under the bridge and one morning recently a Grey Wagtail, again a distant image but such a pretty bird.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

We are still being visited by one Hedgehog, or it may be more as one appears to come by all through the night, so difficult to see the difference!

Just close to where we live underneath the hedge I noticed some silty soil with lots of bees busily flying around since September. There are lots of holes where they go in and out. I had been wondering what they were until I saw a video on Facebook from RSPB Arne which explains what they are and why they are around at this time of year.

We were on our afternoon walk with the dogs and Tilly alerted me to something in the hedge and I watched a Grass snake disappear up the bank into a hole, a medium sized specimen and thanks to Tilly for spotting it!

The pair of Roe deer are still coming to the field below our house it’s nice to be able to watch them from the comfort of the conservatory with a cup of tea. A Buck and a Doe just getting their winter coats, it’s amazing they change through the year.

Roe buck and doe
Roe buck and doe

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