The rain still continues with very short spells when it stops and the sun shines, but mainly grey skies, included with the rain is high winds at times so it is difficult to find time to get out and about.

I managed to cross the river a couple of days ago, I didn’t have my camera as the weather wasn’t great although it improved while I was out. I took a picture of the Wilson Haines bridge at Shillingstone with my phone, I liked the composition and took the picture to remind me later to return when the light is right and I have my camera. The dead reed stems are what is left behind after recent flooding. The Stour is still running high and there is an expected storm coming in once again at the weekend.

It’s very difficult to find places to walk, I don’t mind muddy lanes but it has got worse over the winter, even Melways lane had a stream flowing across it!

Wilson Haines bridge, Shillingstone
Wilson Haines bridge, Shillingstone
Melways Lane
Melways Lane

On Wednesday the weather altered early in the morning and we decided to get out for a short time. We headed up to Win Green to see if there were any Red Kites around, we saw a couple on the way and a Kestrel and a Kite at Win Green as soon as we got there and then it went quiet. The wind was blowing so strongly I had trouble opening the car door and it was very cold so we decided to make our way back home.

On the way back we found a lay-by and a short walk where we were above a sheltered Combe and as soon as we climbed over the stile we saw some birds flying in the valley. I took some pictures although the birds were a few hundred yards away, there were Buzzards and Red Kites. We watched them for a while and promised ourselves we would return there and spend a longer time watching, when we would possibly see them again and hopefully they will come closer. Although nothing is guaranteed with wildlife but it looked like and ideal spot for the Raptors.

Buzzard
Buzzard
Buzzard
Buzzard
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite

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