When I left home one morning at the end of May it was clear and sunny, but when I got to the top of Okeford hill the mist was drifting in across the Blackmore Vale, it was as always a lovely view.

Looking towards Spreadeagle Hill
Looking towards Spreadeagle Hill

There is a large field of Rape at the top of the hill running down the valley towards Turmnworth, I saw this little bird the top of the flowers, it was tricky to see in the bright light but when I got home with it on the computer I saw it was a Dunnock

Dunnock
Dunnock
Dunnock
Dunnock

I walked round the margins of the field near Bonsley Common and the hedge near the Trig point I saw a few Yellowhammers, always a pleasure to see.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

As I came back along the main path towards the top of the hill I spotted a small bird in the tree, I realised it was something different but needed to get an image to be able to identify it with help at home. After a few frustrating attempts I managed to get an image and a few people on the UK Bird Identification  Facebook page told me it was a Tree Pipit, a first for me and I don’t think I would have identified it without their help.

A little further on there was a Whitethroat in the Hedgerow.

I had a lovely sunny walk along the edge of the forest but as I headed towards the car park for home there was a complete white out in the valley!

2 thoughts on “Okeford Hill

  1. I’m so impressed, Marilyn, those yellowhammers at Bonsley Common are brilliant. I must be more patient!

  2. Thank you Claire, we are lucky to have a few areas locally where they live I always love to see them.

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