It’s been fairly quiet this month although it doesn’t help with the late dawn, I’m nearly home by the time the world has come alive although I do hear a number of Tawny Owls through the village as soon as it gets to a certain time they just stop. Our Hedgehogs are still visiting they only missed the very cold night we had recently. I’ve had to give them a new shelter where they eat (so the cats don’t get the food) as the other disintegrated and also they don’t like rain soaked food!
I’m sure I heard Fieldfares by Abergavenny Farm this morning chattering in the trees, there is lots of fruit there for them, wild cherry or plum perhaps.
The birds are starting to return to our garden slowly but surely at last the Blackbirds are back busy quarrelling and the Sparrows are in great numbers now, we have of course the Starlings and plenty of Jackdaws in the street. There has been a large Black Backed gull on the newly sown grass in the filed behind our house. We also have Blue, Coal and Great Tits feeding now and a Pied Wagtail. There is also a Wren or maybe two looking for insects in the dead plants in the garden.
I regularly see a Kestrel on top of Hambledon Hill when I’m up there early in the morning.
I recently saw a Little Egret from Melways lane in the pond they have for cross country events, also a Kingfisher on the stretch of river in the field running down to the Wilson/Haines bridge. I often hear the call of a Buzzard just as it’s getting light and there was a handsome one sat in the tree in Melways lane the other morning.
I’m hoping to get out for some walks when it’s light with my camera and finding a spot to just watch and see what’s about soon!