it was such a lovely day I went out for a drive around to see if I could see anything. My first stop was Wyke Down. It was very cold and very bright I was hoping to see the Short Eared Owls but no luck, I was probably too late or too early! I spotted a Buzzard sitting in the Hawthorn bushes so I tried to creep up towards him. I managed to get a couple of photos of him on the ground and flying but not getting that close.

Buzzard in flight
Buzzard in flight

Buzzard on the ground
Buzzard on the ground

I stayed for a little while and decided to carry on the Blandford to see if there was anything along the Stour meadows. As soon as I got down to the Stour I spotted a Little Grebe fishing, they are very nervous and quick and soon disappear if they spot you. There was also a Little Egret wading along the bank.

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

A female Blackbird was on the pathe turning over the dead leaves looking for food.

Female Blackbird
Female Blackbird

I was hoping to see the Kingfisher along the narrow stretch so I could photograph him close up but the river was running quite fast and I didn’t see one until I was in the widest part of the river so he was some distance away. Another Kingfisher came along and there was a bit of a tussle, they seem to be getting quite territorial at the moment.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Time to move on again. I took my camera out in the afternoon when I took Kim and Lucy for a walk and I was nearly home when I saw a small bird in the stand of Poplar trees at the top of the field. I managed to get a picture and it wasn’t until I downloaded it on the computer that I realised it was a Goldcrest. I am pleased that we have them living so close to home.

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

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