Some of the days of late I’ve been going out in the morning with Tilly and feeling a little disappointed, it’s been so quiet at times with no birds singing or moving and even many of the insects and Damsel flies have disappeared. But today 19th August I’m feeling more optimistic! Before I had woken up, I could hear a robin singing through the bedroom window and when I got up a Roe Deer was strolling across the field, it was good to see them close to home again.
I decided to walk towards Bere Marsh this morning and was soon to hear the calls of both the Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers in the trees close to home. There were Jays active in the Spinney at the bottom of the lane. It was quiet going towards the river but across the river towards Bere Marsh Farm there were Swallows flying over the fields and as usual Magpies chattering in the hedgerow. As I reached the Barn on the Trailway I was lucky enough to see a Barn Owl come out of the barn, but he was soon gone over the hedgerow. I headed towards New Cross on the bridleway and coming out of Bere Marsh cottage garden was a Sparrowhawk with prey, I think it was a female as it was quite big; they are larger than the males. As I got to the bottom of New Cross field once again a Barn Owl flew out of an Oak tree, again he soon disappeared.
There was a Robin singing up in the hedgerow as I walked back, nice to see them declaring territories again. I also spotted a Blackcap and a Wren, but they soon disappeared in the undergrowth. I also saw a small flock of chattering Long Tailed Tits.
Back home and settling down to breakfast we are watching the young Starlings coming to feed, they are getting their adult feathers now but look quite handsome with their brown heads, there is certainly an increase in numbers coming into the garden now. The Sparrow population is rising as well after a little lull, and we still have our juvenile Robin and an adult in the back garden. Also, a couple of resident Dunnocks whilst the Pied Wagtails and Chaffinch have now gone elsewhere. What was nice surprise three Goldfinches appeared close to where we were sitting, good to see them as they don’t often visit us, although I have put out Niger seed in the past.
Certainly, an interesting day and it didn’t finish there as I crossed Hayward’s bridge to go to dog training, I saw a Heron in the shallows of the Stour and Swallows were skimming across the water. And finally, when we went to bed, we could hear a female Tawny Owl just outside our Velux window. So not a disappointing day after all!