I suppose it’s the way it’s going to be at the moment as we are in another lockdown, so most of my sightings are as always close to home or at home but I’m pleased to say I am seeing more action every day. The birds are singing, I heard a Song Thrush in full voice on the Trailway today.

I’ve spotted a Fox close to home crossing over the lane, he was gone before I could register him fully, all I saw was his brush tail disappearing into the hedge. There are plenty of Redwings and Fieldfares about, I see them in various places under Hambledon Hill and around the village with some fairly large groups. I have also spotted a number of Jays collecting Acorns, of which there have been many, they like hoarding them this time of year and then forget where they have stored them; it’s a win for the Squirrels!

Redwing
Redwing

One day I was looking out of the kitchen window when I saw a bird on the lawn and I wasn’t sure what it was, larger than the usual garden birds. It was raining and difficult to see so I went into the conservatory and realised it was a Sparrowhawk. He didn’t stay long and pleased that he hadn’t had one of my little birds for breakfast!

Again looking out of the kitchen window I spotted what I thought was a mouse rushing out from under a large pot after some of my Bird food, he was very nervous and didn’t stay long in the open. I managed to get a couple of pictures through the kitchen window and when I looked on my computer I saw it had a shortish tail and a more rounded snout, it was a Bank Vole.

Bank Vole
Bank Vole

Bank Vole
Bank Vole

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