Sunrise 08.06 Sunset 16.05 GMT

Well I’ve been trying to write a post for the past week but one thing and another has prevented me from actually completing it.

The weather has been very changeable with gales and heavy rain and then in the mornings  a frost on the ground. The trees have been battered and the Stour has come over the banks for the second time in the past week. I’m expecting it to be higher again tomorrow morning as it takes a few hours for all the water to come down from above Child Okeford.

The wildlife seem to have been in evidence and the birds are at last feed ing from my station in the garden. When I walked down the lane a couple of days ago there were a flock of Goldfinches feeding on all the ripe seed heads. There were at least 10 magpies foraging near the edge of the floods in the field and also a Egret doing the same, there must be quite a lot of food spread on the fields from the floods.

Seagulls going home!
Seagulls going home!

I’ve noticed that the Seagulls have been flying in in their hundreds. I see them in the morning and then going home at night. I think they feed in the flooded fields as they were on the wet fields as we drove to Gillingham today. One night the Seagulls were flying back to the coast and the Starlings were flying towards the Somerset levels to roost, very busy through the river valley.

We went into Blandford on Tuesday and we couldn’t park in the main car park because the flood barriers were up so we parked behind the Brewery and walked over the Mortain bridge to the town. The Stour was in flood and you couldn’t see the weir it was just like rapids in a fast flowing river. I looked across what was below the weir and saw what I thought was some debris but I looked again and the debris dived and I saw an Otters behind and tail! Isn’t it just the way when you least expect it!

This morning before sunrise near Netmead
This morning before sunrise near Netmead

Setting sun over the floods
Setting sun over the floods

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