My Diary always is last on the list of things to do and it’s been neglected of late so what I thought I would do is write my latest post and hopefully follow up with some earlier posts retrospectively. So on Sunday the 3rd July I walked up Hambledon Hill just after sunrise, it’s still a little early for me to get out and be in a place to take the pre and rising sun for at the moment! It was fine when I left home but a few clouds rolled in but still a bright morning.

It’s the first time I’ve been up the top of the hill for a while, the bug we had which I’m sure was Covid in April had left me tired with no energy for some time, but I was so pleased to be up there once again and what a fantastic walk I had with Tilly. The views as always were spectacular, I never get bored with looking over the Blackmore Vale and the wildlife and flowers didn’t disappoint. There were still some Pyramidal Orchids flowering and plenty of chalk downland flowers fairly stunted with the grazing but plentiful. A lovely Clump of Rose Bay Willow Herb as I walked the bridleway, considered a weed but a favourite of mine. 

Willow Herb flowering near the Bridleway
Willow Herb flowering near the Bridleway

To the left of the bridleway as you walk upwards where the ground slopes steeply and there are a lot of bushes which the small birds love. I saw Linnets, and Whitethroats, I heard Yellowhammers but didn’t spot them and of course Skylarks singing high in the sky not so loud as in the spring but great to hear.  There were a coupe of large flocks of Goldfinches, I would say fifty or more as I got near the top. I couldn’t see them until suddenly they all flew, what a great sight they really blend in with the fauna on the slopes of the hill.

Whitethroat and Linnet
Whitethroat and Linnet
Goldfinches
Goldfinches

As I walked down the bridleway from the trig point again in the bushes I saw Linnets, I was lucky to get a picture of one quite close, they are quite skittish. Such a pretty little bird.

Linnet
Linnet

As I was looking down the hill I spotted an animal in the field where there were sheep and I realised it was a Fox, he was being bothered by some Magpies but he just kept going. I took a picture which I’ve put on here, heavily cropped as he was a long way from me, I don’t see foxes too often these days.

Fox
Fox

As I got down the hill heading to Markstone cottage I noticed some Roe deer in the field in the basin of the hill, there were about five and I noticed there was a Roe doe with twins still fairly small. I was busy watching them and taking a distant photo when I spotted a Hare, I nearly missed them as there were three, so pleased to see them in the open.

Roe deer doe and twins
Roe deer doe and twins
Hare
Hare

I went home very happy and I can’t wait to get up there again!

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