I can’t believe it’s the middle of November already, where has it gone. I know I’ve been busy especially with the new edition to the family, Mia who takes up a fair amount of time at the moment. She is around four months of age now, a rescue pup and she is very active and changing to her adult teeth so we have to keep our eyes on her all the time! If she’s not rushing around (most of the day!) she is sleeping. Tilly and I still go out for our early morning walks leaving Mia with my husband Rod.

Mia
Mia

The wildlife is not very visible, but I often see two or three Roe deer in different places. I have smelt a Fox but that is all! The birds are more active now and beginning to come back to the garden for food. I’m still trying to get a close up picture of a Jay, there are so many of them about I see them all round the village. I realised when it was too late that they have been collecting Acorns from the Oak avenue by our lane, they hord them and then forget where they put them. Perhaps next year I can find somewhere to hide and get that close up image.

Jay with Acorn
Jay with Acorn

I was skirting the base of Hambledon Hill one morning and I spotted a large bird flying over the hill, I thought it was a Buzzard but it came towards us and landed in the hedge, I slowly walked towards it and it flew out, a Red Kite probably a youngster, not a good picture but it allowed me to identify it.

What I have also noticed in the last week or so is small flocks of Fieldfares, always a sign of the winter. Some down Bere Marsh over by Shroton Lines and Melways Lane.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Just pictures of some of the birds visiting the garden, we also have Long tailed, Blue and Great and Coal Tits, Wren, Robin plus others. Our Hedgehog has stopped calling I do hope that it is OK and either found some better food somewhere else or is hibernating, although I think it maybe too mild for that.

The weather has been a mixed bag and mild for the season with rain at times and a few frosty and misty mornings. The autumn colours have been stunning this year and the Oak trees and Hazel are still just about holding onto their leaves.

Autumn colours over the Blackmore Vale
Autumn colours over the Blackmore Vale

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