A damp morning on Sunday 3rd May when I left home, I still took my camera with me, if I don’t I’m sure to miss something! I headed towards Bere Marsh and the Trailway. It was a lovely fresh morning with rain in the air but not too cold.

I went down the lane to the river Stour and heard a big splash, hoping it was an Otter I tried to see through the undergrowth but no luck. I walked across the field to the footbridge as I went over it there were three Mallard ducks swimming towards me, probably the culprits of the big splash. I could hear Reed Buntings chattering well down in the reeds, but no sightings.

As I crossed to Bere Marsh the lovely scent of the Hawthorn, May blossom hit me in the damp air; it is so subtle.

Heading onto the Trailway going towards Hammoon I saw a whisper of a Barn Owl wing as he moved over from a rafter to his nesting box, I do hope there will be young again this year.

The birds were very vocal this morning, as it’s International Dawn Chorus day they were doing their bit although I wasn’t up as early as dawn there was still a lot of song around. the Wren, Blackbird , Robin and Thrush also the Chiffchaff and the noisy Blackcaps to name a few of the birds I heard. I spotted a pair of Bullfinches as they crossed in front of me but they were soon gone in the hedgerow. There were Goldfinches on the path I don’t know if the like to pick at the grit but that’s what they appeared to be doing. Also a single Heron flying over from the Heronry.

Blackcap, male
Blackcap, male
Dunnock
Dunnock
Dunnock
Dunnock
Goldfinches
Goldfinches

What a lovely morning even through it was dull and damp!

On the way back up the road near Hayward’s brifge there were two Roe bucks grazing in the field, they knew we were there but not too bothered about us.

Roe deer bucks
Roe deer bucks

At home our usual visitors were active, the Sparrows were still collecting Tilly hair for their nests, it gave me a chance to practice my wildlife action photography!

Blue Tit
Blue Tit

 

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