I was woken early with the dawn chorus around 4am on the 30th May early in the morning. There was promise of a lovely day so I decided to go up to Fontmell Down for a change with Tilly to see what was about. On the way I couldn’t resist a look at my usual place where I see Hares and I wasn’t disappointed there were a couple fairly close, although it is getting difficult with all the hedgerows filled in and the crops getting higher.

Brown Hare
Brown Hare
Brown Hare
Brown Hare

I parked near the reserve and I was the first one there. I was pleased to see a few Linnets in the bushes and also Yellowhammers. I was hoping to see some butterflies either roosting or flying as it was already quite warm, I did see a Small Copper and a couple of Common Blues but no chance of an image.

Linnet
Linnet
Linnet
Linnet

I was walking the slope of the downs and I spotted a Roe deer doe heading towards me in a run. I’d already seen a buck in the valley and I wasn’t sure what she was running from. She came straight towards us and then suddenly spotted us and stopped to take a look and then melted away in the bushes a lovely encounter.

Roe deer doe
Roe deer doe
Roe deer doe
Roe deer doe
Roe deer doe
Roe deer doe
Roe deer doe
Roe deer doe

Another lovely sight was a Skylark rising into the sky singing and close to me and I was able to get some images as he/she did so, it was a lovely experience.

As usual after our walk it was back home for breakfast and I was pleased with what I had seen, not quite as expected but always a lovely surprise.

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