View from Hambledon hill
View from Hambledon hill

On Sunday 24th January I walked up Hambledon hill before dawn. We had a light dusting at home and I went up the hill hoping to see a little more snow and get some good landscape images, what a morning Photography Dairy post-January Snow. I walked up the side of the hill on the Bridleway on the other side to home looking over Iwerne Minster towards Spread Eagle hill, always a nice steady walk. I had time to notice the wildlife as I walked up there. A kestrel flew onto some wires in the valley and then as I climbed I noticed a Fox In the field below I watched him for a while, there was also some footprints in the snow on the hill of a Fox. I also thought I saw a Hare in the thicket of bushes at the base of the hill.

Fox!
Fox!

There were Meadow Pipits flying around and a small flock of Linnets. There were more footprints in the snow, they looked like a Stoat or a Weasel, from the size I think the former. When I was right at the top I watched a Raven flying across the top, a lovely sight with his wide wingspan.

In the afternoon when we took the dogs for a short walk down the lane close to home we were amazed when a 100 or more Fieldfares and Redwings flew out of the trees, what a fantastic sight. I’d never seen so many close to home before. The snow seems to have made brought them closer to the village.

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