At last the mornings are getting a little lighter, earlier, although it’s hard to tell as most mornings have been overcast with cloud. Another problem is where to go, most tracks are extremely muddy in places, that is the way of the Blackmore Vale in the winter, although we do seem to have more rain than cold spells in our winters now. Ridgeway Lane below is one of the better ones! Under the mud it is quite solid so I’m less likely to slip over; difficult keeping upright and watching for wildlife!

Ridgeway Lane, Child Okeford
Ridgeway Lane, Child Okeford

The Roe deer are easy to spot now and they appear to be moving about more, I never know when I will come across them apart from the field behind our house, I never tire of seeing them. These two does were at the end of Melways lane, they were very nervous and soon disappeared.

Roe does
Roe does
Roe does
Roe does

I’d spotted what I thought was a white plastic bag on a bush through the fence of the Bloomfield camping site, but I suspected it might be a Heron, I took an image with the short lens I had and then looked at it when I got home and sure enough a juvenile Heron, I passed the same way on my walk the next day and he was there again but with his head up this time and I managed a photo through the metal fence.

The first signs of new life is showing itself, little Snowdrops sprouting all over the place, even a few yellow Celandines and Catkins lengthening, the buds on the trees are even showing signs of swelling ready to burst, the Horse Chestnut is one of the earlier trees and the buds are certainly swelling. The birds are more active declaring territories and even pairing up, the Great Spotted Woodpeckers are busy tapping away in several locations. Even if the  weather hasn’t  been too  good   nature is certainly heading towards spring.

Hazel Catkins
Hazel Catkins
Horse Chestnut bud
Horse Chestnut bud

“Our” deer are visiting a little more regularly, sometimes they stay a short while at other times they settle down under the hedge until later in the day. They know we are about but they don’t feel as though we are a threat.

Roe buck
Roe buck

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