I was beginning to think there was nothing about as it has been very quiet on my morning walks, the small birds have been keeping a low profile but slowly I’m seeing more around the village. I’ve spotted Jays and Magpies squabbling, Buzzards around the hill and I also hear them above us at home. Plenty of Green Woodpeckers in the Churchyard, down Greenway lane and behind Portman Drive plus around the base of the hill and so many Rooks on the cut wheat.

I spotted a fox at the back of Markstone cottages one morning, he soon disappeared and then another at the base of the hill by the gate again too quick; just a tail spotted! A lovely Roe Buck on the way back from Markstone Cottages, they were culled in the spring so not so many around, which was a a shame.

Roe Buck
Roe Buck

Then on another morning roughly in the same place I saw two deer a doe and a buck they have the cover of the small woodland there.

Roe doe and buck
Roe doe and buck

A couple of Red Admirals are around at the moment and a Painted Lady dropped by, haven’t seen so many this year. I’m seeing Brown Hawkers and Common or Southern Hawker Dragonflies down Greenway Lane and recently a small Darter dragonfly not sure what sort as I think as it was newly emerged, probably a Common Darter.

Brown Hawker, Greenway Lane
Brown Hawker, Greenway Lane
Painted Lady
Painted Lady

I have seen one or two Small Copper Butterflies in Greenway Lane and then a couple in my garden, not a visitor I see very often, pretty little Butterflies.

Small Copper on Rudbeckia
Small Copper on Rudbeckia
Southern Hawker Dragonfly
Southern Hawker Dragonfly

There are now more Robins in the garden looking very pristine and declaring their territory. The Sparrows are back in numbers as are the Starlings. Usually around this time we have Swallows gathering on the wires at the back of our house but no sightings as yet, maybe because of the Maize, hopefully the field will be back to grass next year and we can watch them catching flies over the meadow.

I have occasionally spotted Hares near the village and at the other side of the hill. There was one on his own close to the village he seemed to be having great fun racing around until he disappeared into the trees. Then in another field there were two together and they looked as though they were boxing. I had my short focal length lens with me so distant images, I always manage to have the wrong lens on I try and carry it ready every day but decided not to on this particular day as it was a little dull. Never mind at least I saw them!

Hare
Hare
Pair of Hares
Pair of Hares

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