When I say in the title local walks I mean that I walk from home and not use the car, it could be just a short walk round the perimeter of the village or longer walks over to Bere Marsh toward Hammoon, New Cross or Shillingstone. I consider myself very lucky I have so many footpaths and walks I can go on without taking the car although it’s nice to go a little farther afield at times!
In the last week I have been over Bere Marsh way and New Cross early hoping to see the Barn Owl but no luck he must be catching enough food during the night and the weather has been kind. It didn’t matter as there is always other wildlife to see, a few small birds, Long-tailed Tits, Chaffinches and more, usually a single Roe deer in the river field.
The Birds are not so active and it has been very quiet when I’ve been out early in the morning, the occasional birdsong and the Song Thrushes have gone from their positions round the village, I do miss them! I still have glimpses of wildlife, a Moorhen in the river again at the bottom of the lane, I probably hear him more than see him, there is also one in the pond at Bere Marsh and I often disturb a Heron there as I’m walking the Trailway, he circles round and comes back to the pond when I’ve moved on.
There are also a family of Jays in the spinney at the bottom of the lane, again I hear them more than see them, which is the same for Goldfinches a lovely tinkling sound. The Reed Warblers are still making some noise but quieter than they have been.
I’ve been over the Trailway to New Cross on two consecutive days. The first day I looked in through the gate of the field by the bridleway and spotted the Roe deer with twins. Tilly and I stayed in the edge of the hedge and watched them as the walked down the field and eventually disappeared into the undergrowth of the old railway line, which is now a Nature Reserve.
The next day in the same field I spotted a Hare but he was heading away from us at a distance I carried on my walk with Tilly and then returned the same way, I couldn’t believe my luck he had come back down the hill and was near the gateway. Tilly and I went into the hedge and I managed to get some images. I don’t know if he got our scent but suddenly he took off. Always lovely to see!
There are still a few small creatures about, but not so many as usual, whether it’s the dry weather I don’t know even the Damselflies are few and far between, although I did see some Common Blues recently. The Hoverflies like to get in the shady places and do what they do best and hover!
I was really pleased to see a Golden-ringed Dragonfly just in the lane from home, a dragonfly that usually enjoys heathland and acidic streams, I did see one a couple of years ago and logged it with the Dragonfly society and they said it was unusual although it does happen. I went down the lane a day later and I was lucky enough to see two so perhaps they will colonise our lane. I only saw them for about four days and then they were gone but I’m glad I didn’t miss them.