After the few days of sunny weather it has changed back to something more normal for this time of year, just as the paths were getting nice and dry; I even wore my trainers for my afternoon dog walk one day!

After heavy rain, plus Storm Freya we are back to muddy walks, it almost seems worse than the winter, the conservatory is certainly looking mucky with human and doggy feet in and out!

The ditches around Bere Marsh farm are doing their job at the moment, the River Stour has got to the top of the banks but not quite come over to flood the fields.

North Dorset Trailway
North Dorset Trailway

It hasn’t been quite so good for photography, sometimes wet or dull but there has been plenty of wildlife action about, although I’ve had more misses than hits with taking photographs. The picture of the Long Tailed Tit sums things up, a back view!

Back of a Long Tailed Tit
Back of a Long Tailed Tit

One morning I left the camera at home as it was pretty wet and of course that is the day I see a Fox patrolling the field near the Manor…GRRR! Deer have been jumping out of gardens in the village in front of me and are gone before I’ve raised the camera as have flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing in Melways Lane and under Hambledon Hill!

I did manage to get a picture of the Blackbird collecting nest material making me realise spring is still moving ahead.

Female Blackbird collecting nest material
Female Blackbird collecting nest material

Always this time of year around the same time Canada geese fly over, you can hear them coming before you see them. I also saw some near Ridgeway Lane by a pond.

Canada geese
Canada geese
Canada geese
Canada geese

More misses, a friend and I went to see if we could see Hares in the depths of North Dorset, we never saw a thing! Again just the back end of a Roe Deer and this is where wild Fallow deer are spotted regularly, but no sign of them either. What we did see was a very large flock of Fieldfares and or Redwings which was quite a spectacle. I haven’t seen such a large flock near home.

Fieldfares/ Redwings
Fieldfares/ Redwings

Back to home and this morning, 6th March I decided to take a walk along the Trailway from Bere Marsh to the Hammoon road. In one of my last posts I mentioned I thought I had seen some Hares in a Field where I wouldn’t expect to see them, well today I spotted one in the same place. I got some very distant pictures (why didn’t I take my bigger lens!) but I was able to confirm it was indeed a Hare, I am really excited and hope to see them again soon.

Apologies for the quality! Click on a picture for a bigger image.

Hare
Hare
Hare
Hare
Hare
Hare

Another siting has been the large number of Little Egrets in Netmead field near Child Okeford. I saw some white birds in the field a few days ago and just thought they were Gulls but I could see from the Trailway across the Stour that they were in fact Egrets, more than thirty feeding off the very wet field.

Little Egrets near home
Little Egrets near home

Even closer to home are the flock of Pheasants we now have at the bottom of the garden. The Cock Pheasant has bean around for more than a year in our neighbours garden, but suddenly he has lots of ladies. I counted around twenty five one day again they appear to be finding plenty of food in the field. I presume they have survived the shooting season.

Pheasant Family
Pheasant Family

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