At least the weather is drier and the paths easier to walk now, that even if we get more rain it shouldn’t go back to the almost impassable footpaths for a while (I hope!) like we had over the winter. The trouble now is with high pressure over our area it’s bringing grey days (anticyclonic gloom!) at the moment, with just snatches of sunshine.
I haven’t been motivated to go for different walks locally in the morning, just sticking to my usual route with the dogs. As it improved a little on Wednesday 17th March and at last clear skies at dawn I headed over to Bere Marsh Farm and the Trailway towards Hammoon.
There was plenty of bird activity, a glimpse of the Barn Owl as he passed nearly overhead on the Trailway, Bullfinches who seem to like to hide in the hedges, there are quite a few pairs scattered along this part of the Trailway. You can also hear the Skylarks above the fields near New Cross, plus many more birds, the Tits, Robins, a Buzzard flying overhead and as I went back over the river I heard a Kingfisher I turned back towards the river just in time to see him zoom down the length.
I took another walk across there on Friday 19th March, it was back to grey skies, I saw quite a few different birds but not many photos as they were keeping low in the hedgerows. A Song Thrush though was singing at the top of a tree. It was nice to see a Coal Tit and there are so many Wrens about chattering in the hedgerows, how such a big sound comes from a little bird I don’t know!