An early morning walk on 22nd May along the North Dorset Trailway from Bere Marsh Farm, Shillingstone to the Hammoon road and back. It had stopped raining for a while but everywhere was very wet underfoot so I thought I wouldn’t get muddy or wet for a change! I was being a little lazy by driving down to the Trailway car park but again I wanted to keep dry. As I drove across the bridge I spotted two Roe females in the meadow close to the road, by the time I was out of the car they had moved towards the farm.

Roe Deer does
Roe Deer does

The small birds were around but mostly undercover I could hear them but not see them, but if I did it was very fleeting, except of course the Robin, always reliable for a picture.

Robin
Robin
Robin
Robin

They were grazing a small flock of sheep by the Trailway near the farm, some very cute lambs!

Lamb
Lamb

As I got towards the Hammoon road I was attempting to take a picture of a Chiffchaff when I heard the familiar sound of Swans in flight, I backed off the lens and was lucky to see and take a V formation of seven Swans, quite a sight. Also near there were quite a few House Martins and a number of Swifts flying above which were a pleasant sight, my first of the season.

Swan formation
Swan formation

On the way back just near the Hammoon road in the field there were another pair of Roe deer, a female and young male, they watched as I walked along the Trailway but stayed there all the time as I went a long.

Roe Deer
Roe Deer

A Wren in the trees making a lot of sound, always a pleasure to see and hear.

Wren
Wren

A pleasant mornings walk with Tilly and we both had dry feet when we got home!

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