It’s been a while since I posted on here, one reason we have been decorating, a major revamp of my ‘workroom’ upstairs removing a large built in cupboard and laying a new floor with all that ensues and then we both went down with a horrible bug and we have been poorly for about three weeks. Symptoms of COVID but all tests were negative but we have been careful anyway.

Enough of my domestic problems, I have still been taking Tilly out in the early mornings as always and of course I don’t meet anyone as I’m really early with the dawn. There has been plenty of action of course the birds are in full song and being joined by the summer migrants like the Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps.

Blue Tit
Blue Tit

Although I’d seen Swallows at Ham Wall the first I saw at home was a Swallow on the electric wire at the bottom of our garden on 21st April and I’ve seen them flying low across the river at Hayward’s bridge and we have seen a small number of House Martin’s about.

Swallow
Swallow

The Little Egrets were still in the meadow by the bridge for a while, I was taking a picture of one when I realised that a Mallard with her ducklings we’re in front of the Egret, she was trying to look inconspicuous! Not the best of pictures but lovely to see.

Little Egret with Mallard and Ducklings
Little Egret with Mallard and Ducklings

Once the field had dried they moved over into the scrub in Netmead, in the mornings I could see heads of Egrets and Herons, one time I saw five Herons, a good place for them as only a short flight from the Heronry.

Roe doe
Roe doe

I see Roe deer most mornings which could be near home or over Netmead.  They were loosing their winter coats and looking very scruffy at the beginning of May. There are just in small family groups now and the females will be giving birth around now so I probably won’t see them about for a little while.

Cuckoo flower
Cuckoo flower

There are Reed Warblers down by the river making a noise but difficult to see. Plenty of Song Thrushes about and the birds are certainly active from about 4.30 in the morning! I was crossing the footbridge from Bere Marsh this morning, 17th May when I heard my first local Cuckoo and then I saw him flying away great to hear and see in our part of the world at last!

Child Okeford footbridge over the Stour
Child Okeford footbridge over the Stour
Cuckoo
Cuckoo, honestly!

The Hedgehogs are very active at least five coming to feed so hard to tell the difference except for our little one we rescued she is so obvious by size and she has got over her ordeal very well.

 

 

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