On Saturday 2nd April I decided to take Tilly up Okeford Hill, a very cold frosty morning around -2°C but a lovely dawn if a little hazy over the Blackmore Vale, so not much good for any landscape images. I walked around the large field that goes down to Bonsley Common and pond and then back around past the trig point and eventually back to the car park. I was hoping to see a little wildlife and the first I spotted were a couple of Roe deer, a buck and doe, across the fields, they watched me and then slowly melted into Bonsley Woods.

I’ve noticed a Buzzard before on the fields and sure enough he was there again, looking not too happy about the cold

Buzzard
Buzzard

 

It was great to see some Stonechat pairs on the Gorse which is flowering well at the moment.

Stonechat, male
Stonechat, male
Stonechat, female
Stonechat, female

Plenty of Yellowhammers and I managed to see them on the ground, usually they blend in very well. There were also Skylarks who were flying very high wonderful to hear their song. Quite a few small birds as I headed to the car park but they were hiding well from the camera! 

Yellowhammer pair
Yellowhammer pair
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

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