Some days in the mornings when I go for an early morning walk I don’t see a thing but on two consecutive days, 21st and 22nd June there was plenty of action. There was a family of Jays in the spinney at the bottom of the lane close to home, I’ve been hearing a lot of noise in the trees for a little while but on this particular morning one of the young perched on a branch for a while, they are usually very shy and I just see the backend as they fly away.

Young Jay
Young Jay

As I went further into the field I noticed a Roe Buck in the uncut hay field, he eventually spotted us and headed for the safety of the woodland.

Roe Buck
Roe Buck
Roe Buck
Roe Buck
Roe Buck
Roe Buck

I’d seen a Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the fence at Bere Marsh farm recently and now a Green Woodpecker, I hadn’t seen either around for sometime and then they both turn up on different days. I’ve certainly heard them though!

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

As I am quite early if I am lucky I spot a Barn Owl out hunting, he is staying fairly close to his roost, maybe there is young although I haven’t heard anything or maybe there are plenty of Voles in the organic hay fields. So many times I just miss him, so silent but I just managed to get a picture before he disappeared behind the hedge .

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

As I crossed back from Bere Marsh on one of the mornings there was dew on the grass and the moisture was showing up the Spiders webs hanging on the grasses in the early morning sunshine, an Orb Weaver spider I would think. .

Orb Weaver Spider
Orb Weaver Spider

Across the field in the shelter of the hedgerow and out of the early morning sun  I spotted a White-legged Damselfly male covered in dew waiting for the sun to reach him and dry him off. He certainly looked very impressive. I also spotted a very tiny moth covered in dew an Ermine moth I think, but not sure of the species.

White-legged Damselfly, male
White-legged Damselfly, male
Ermine moth
Ermine moth

Last winter part of an old Ash tree in our lane fell down in the gales leaving a large scar on the trunk, I noticed a large fungus has started to form which I believe may be a Dryad’s saddle fungus.

Dryad's saddle fungus (Polyporus squamosus)
Dryad’s saddle fungus (Polyporus squamosus)

As I was walking up the lane there was a loud bird noises coming from the trees, I realised it was a number of Jackdaws in the trees, maybe family groups making such a din!

Jackdaws
Jackdaws

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