Well into 2019 and this is my first post of the year, I’ve been busy getting a photographic exhibition ready for early February so time has been a little short. Of course I have still been out on my early morning walks, but I just haven’t got round to writing in my diary!

Dramatic cloud over Hambledon Hill
Dramatic cloud over Hambledon Hill

The weather in the first week turned pretty chilly with frost in the morning but the disappointment was that the clouds descended before dawn and covered the skies in grey. The weather has continued in much the same way for these first couple of weeks of the year and when a morning has had a glimmer of interesting light I have tried to take some pictures.

The wildlife has been more active and I’ve seen all sorts of sightings. A Kestrel in the bushes at the base of the hill.

Kestrel
Kestrel

A Great Tit in the hedgerow. I have spotted more Great and Blue Tits in the garden and around the lanes this winter for quite some time, which is good news, there are a pair of Blue Tits coming to the feeders in the garden regularly.

Great Tit
Great Tit

I quite often see small flocks of Redstarts in the Hedgerows and occasionally in the field behind our house.

Fieldfares
Redstarts

I spooked this Roe deer when I was walking under Hambledon Hil, I never know where or when I will see them they are all around the area where I walk.

Running Roe Deer
Running Roe Deer

A few Buzzards around, I usually hear them before I see them and we still have the Buzzard visiting in the field behind us, he seems quite relaxed!

Buzzard
Buzzard

On one of my walks I pass a large Badger set, it looks as though there are still Badgers using it.

Badger set
Badger set

I spotted this large Raven on top of Hambledon Hill he was just taking off, they are easily spooked.

Raven on Hambledon Hill
Raven on Hambledon Hill

We have a Wren in our front garden and I managed to get a picture of him through the living room window, very nice to sit on the settee and watch the birds.

Wren
Wren

A couple of other sightings but no pictures, A Red Kite Flew over us with a couple of Crows hounding it, always pleased to see them as an occasional visitor. I was a bit disappointed the other day as my husband took Mia, our pup, for a walk down the lane and in the spinney, by the river my husband heard a lot of commotion from some Mallard Ducks, always a sign something is about and sure enough he spotted an Otter moving down the river. I haven’t seen one for a while but know they are around, although disappointed was pleased for him.

The start of the New Year and a promise of spring when the Snowdrops start appearing, these ones are growing in the churchyard. The Snowdrops at the bottom of Manor Drive are also quickly appearing.

The mornings are at last starting to get lighter but it means I will have to get up earlier to catch the sunrise!

Snowdrops
Snowdrops

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