Well an exciting day on the 10th November, I decided to take a walk across the River Stour from home. I didn’t expect to see the Barn Owl but as I headed up the Trailway past Bere Marsh Farm I saw a white object on the post near the barn, I guessed it was the Barn Owl, I only had a short landscape lens on but I managed to take a couple of images of him in front of the barn, it was though he was checking out the renovations of his home. The Countryside Restoration Trust are renovating the Barn Owl’s barn, there is a big push to raise the money, they have started on the work to get it done before the winter weather really comes in and apparently the Owls pair up again in December so they need to get it done quickly. He flew off towards the farm guessing he may be roosting in the other small barn close by at the moment.
It was a pleasant day for a change so I decided to go for a local walk when it was light instead of the half light of dawn. Dusting of my big lens for the camera hoping to see some wildlife.
My first sighting were a couple of Ravens about 100 yds from home, didn’t expect that! I was walking down the lane close to home and saw the large birds in a bare tree, I was sure they weren’t Crows or Rooks but didn’t think Ravens would be so close to the village, I’d seen them on Hambledon Hill which is good habitat for them. It is sometimes difficult to get the size of birds in perspective at a distance so I took a picture of them to get a closer look when I got home. I was quite confident they were Ravens by the beak but I confirmed it on the UKBirds identification Facebook group and many people also confirmed a Raven.
As I was walking on the footpath in the meadow at the bottom off the lane a Kingfisher flew across the field from the back of the field towards the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Mill Ham Island reserve on the edge of the Stour, I could hear Green and Greater Spotted woodpeckers and did spot a Green Woodpecker farther over in Netmead field.
Of course there is always a Robin or two, it’s nice to hear them singing again. Many of the birds were still in the undergrowth, very difficult to spot although I can hear them. There are quite a few Long Tailed Tits in various locations they are very noisy in their little groups.
I was just heading for home on my circular walk when I saw a flash of white, I saw it land in a tree and I focussed my camera on the bird and saw it was a Treecreeper, it was a little obscured by the foliage but I managed to watch it for a while
I got home and saw a the large Lesser Black Backed Gull in the field behind our house he’d been there for a few days so I thought I’d take a photograph, I looked to the left and a Roe doe was watching me. I thought I hadn’t seen that much on my walk, but not bad for a short walk round the block!