Usually this time of year the wildlife seems to disappear into the undergrowth. The birds have finished nesting and they start their moult, we have some very tatty Blackbirds and Robins in the garden.

It has been very dry and hot since the end of May with no rain so everything is looking very dry and the landscape is looking very brown, it can’t be good for the wildlife, I’m making sure there is water in the garden for the Hedgehogs and birds and I’ve even seen wasps at the edge of the birdbath.

Young Buzzard
Young Buzzard

There is always a chance I will see something in the early morning with Tilly on our walk, like the buzzard perched on a hay bale by the river or the Roe Buck with one antler near Shroton Brake trying to look invisible.

Roe Deer buck
Roe Deer buck

I have been spotting the hares if I walk to Hambledon hill and I was so pleased to see at least three one morning. I’m still trying to get closer but they have now cut the cover so it’s not easy to creep on them, they soon run when they spot you.

Hare
Hare
Hare in flight
Hare in flight

The Grey Squirrel uses the wires as a motorway to get from cover to cover we see him quite often and I know Tilly would love to catch him!

Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel

Seeing the Roe Deer doe below was special, it was very close to the village and I was walking up the footpath and it just stood by the gate watching us and allowed me time to take several images before she went in the undergrowth, she was almost in touching distance!

Roe Deer doe
Roe Deer doe

Another surprise was the Fox, I saw him very close to home I was just crossing the road and there he was stood in the lane I only had a few seconds to take a picture, so pleased to see him.

Fox
Fox

We took a trip up to Win Green one morning we had a lovely walk but didn’t see much wildlife until we were driving out of the Car park, a Red Kite was being hounded by crows! I jumped out of the car and managed to get a photo of him as he flew overhead, I was pleased the camera was set ready as so many times I have just got a very underexposed image.

Red Kite
Red Kite

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