In the last week I have had a couple of walks up Hambledon Hill, one sunrise and one sunset and also a walk on Hod Hill for sunrise. Everywhere is looking lovely and green now although the Ash trees are still leafing up. The weather has been glorious at times if a little cold in the mornings with a frost particularly over the May Bank holiday. The cowslips are covering Hambledon and Hod hills it’s good to see so many.

Evening on Hambledon Hill
Evening on Hambledon Hill
Early morning Hambledon Hill
Early morning Hambledon Hill

On my trip up Hambledon Hill in the evening I noticed an area covered with some Early Purple Orchids, they were in quite deep shade so I promised myself another walk up there when the morning sun lit them a little. I will look forward to see more wildflowers soon, I noticed the Common Milkworts and a covering of what I think are Salad Burnet flowers on the slopes. I must take some time to study them more and also see a few of the Butterflies that inhabit the hill.

Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchids, Hambledon Hil
Early Purple Orchids, Hambledon Hill

Plenty of Birds about as well although sometimes they are difficult to see in the low sun, quite frustrating at times! At last I heard a Cuckoo, up on Hambledon Hill early morning I guessed it was probably around Farrington, the sound of Spring.

Male Blackcap
Male Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Jay
Jay

A lovely May Bank holiday morning walk on Hod Hill just after dawn, a beautiful frosty morning and a little misty in the valley but the sun was casting lovely shadows over the fields.

The Cowslips were in abundance although they are just starting to fade.

I have never seen so many Yellowhammers in one place as I was walking around the ramparts they were everywhere, so nice to see and the males are so bright.

Male Yellowhammer
Male Yellowhammer

I watched the Gulls fly from the cost below me, A Buzzard flying level with me and I could hear a Green Woodpecker in the trees, I just managed to spot him and take a picture.

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

As I was just about to come back down the hill, there is a lovely view of the ancient Yew forest on the edge of Hambledon Hill it has been said to have been there since about 3400BC Yew at Sites of Antiquity

Yew Wood, Hambledon Hill
Yew Wood, Hambledon Hill

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