On Monday 25th January, the day after the snow there was a hard frost, the snow around home had more or less gone just a few remnants on sheltered paths and I could see some on Okeford hill and the old Lime Quarry. The skies were clear before dawn and I decided that the sunrise wasn’t going to be that good so I headed down to Bere Marsh hoping for a Barn Owl sighting. I walked over the bridge towards Shillingstone but Tilly and I soon had to turn round as there were still very deep puddles along the track, I tried one and it was to high for my walking boots so I decided to turn round. I went into Mill Ham island and after a short while I got a glimpse of the Barn Owl hunting along the edge of the field some distance away. I stayed for a while and eventually he came back the same way, he went by the barn and as as he was doing so another Owl came from the other way and flew into the barn, I was so pleased to see the two; they are going to be busy soon.
As I was waiting on the edge of the river I heard a Kingfisher call and just caught a glimpse as he flashed by me down the river.
As I was I was walking up the field I heard and then saw a Jay, A Song Thrush was in front of me, I’ve seen more of them this year. A Greater Spotted Woodpecker flew across and there was a Coal Tit in the Oak Trees.
When I got home I spotted some Redwings and Fieldfares feeding in the field at the back of our house. They stayed there for a little while and then moved on. I’ve certainly seen more of these this year as well as the Song Thrush.
Also at home I spotted a Goldfinch flying through, I’ve put out Niger seed many times but no takers, they don’t seem to want to stop. We also have a resident Wren he loves rummaging about in my front garden as it is a tangle of old stems and seed heads, I always leave them there until the spring, he’s aways busy and doesn’t stop still too long, I just managed to get a picture out of the front room window!
We take the dogs out for a short walk in the afternoon down our lane, as we were going through the spinney at the bottom where you can look across the Stour I spotted the Barn Owl, this was at 2.30pm with bright skies, very unexpected but very nice! He headed along the curve of the river past the bridge and out of sight.