Friday 17th April and after it being so dry for the duration of the lockdown there was promise of some rain for the next couple of days, this would be welcome for both farmers and gardeners; it seems ironic after all the rain we had over the winter! I woke up and looked out of my window and was treated to a gorgeous sky. I should have been up earlier to take picture in a better place but my bedroom window had to do today!

Before dawn
Before dawn across to Hambledon Hill

Tilly and I went down to Bere Marsh and Shillingstone, relatively quiet on the wildlife front except as I crossed the footbridge I heard a familiar call and within seconds a Kingfisher passed under the bridge at top speed. I haven’t seen any for a while as the floods have been up and down all winter so it was a nice surprise.

I walked a little way along the Trailway to the station and then came back. I decided to walk up the road over Hayward’s bridge as there is often something interesting there and at the moment you don’t have to take your life into your hands; I saw only two cars! There was a Little Egret fishing in the shallows a coupe of Mallards and that was about all.

Little Egret
Little Egret

As I walked up the road the Egret flew up to where the sheep and lambs were and walked around picking up worms and things probably, the sheep didn’t seem to mind!

Little Egret and sheep
Little Egret and sheep
Just some Lambs
Just some Lambs

A rather handsome Pheasant was showing itself off at Cranbourne edge.

Cock Pheasant
Cock Pheasant

Every day there are more wildflowers coming out the Jack by the Hedge is filling the verges at the moment.

Jack by the Hedge
Jack by the Hedge

As I headed for home the clouds started to build and by the time I got home the steady rain come in, the Cows were sheltering under the Oak tree out of the rain, my view from our computer room window!

Sheltering Cows
Sheltering Cows

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