The 1st of August (already!) and the weather has been very wet at times through the end of July and seems to be continuing, some of the paths I walk on are getting quite muddy.
The day before I had decided to head round the bottom of Hambledon Hill and I was quite disappointed, it was so quiet. The Barley hasn’t been cut as yet so no chance of seeing Hares and the birds were keeping a low profile, I stood for a little while and couldn’t hear anything! All I saw was a Roe buck grazing at the edge of the field some distance from me.
The next day, 1st August I decided to head towards the river and across to Bere Marsh. I could hear a Green Woodpecker in the spinney and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in the distance and I was to hear both as I crossed over the river. I usually stand on the bridge for a while hoping to see something interesting, there were Reed Warblers making lots of noise down in the reeds I tried to get an image but they move very quickly if they come out of the reeds! As I was stood there a Kingfisher flashed by, always special to see. There was also a family of Jays about in the trees close to the river and a number of smaller birds about but at the time of the morning I’m about they are mainly in silhouette and I can’t always see who’s who, I did see a Chiffchaff up in the hedge.
I passed the farm and in the field opposite the Barn Owl barn I spotted a Roe deer buck, he spotted me but wasn’t too bothered until a cyclist rang his bell, and then he was gone! In the same field as I walked up towards New Cross there was a doe. Both in good condition as it’s their rutting season at the moment and they look their best.
As I came back to the barn I stopped and could hear at least two Owls inside, a sort of hiss as communication. I don’t know if the young have fledged and I haven’t seen the Owls out early in the morning lately but maybe just at the wrong time, once the young have fledged the Barn Owls tend to widen their range and even roost in other places.
I recorded the owls in the barn, you can hear them with the volume turned up!
I stopped at the pond by the farm to see if their was any life, I heard a sound like a Kingfisher, wishful thinking I thought but then I saw one fly across the field from the pond, wow!
Walking back to the bridge a kestrel flew over as usual I only managed to get a rear image. When I went on the bridge and stopped a while, a Kingfisher flashed through once again, so three sightings, whether they were the same one or not I don’t know but very special to see.