Sunrise 07.42 Sunset 17.05 GMT

The fields were just drying up in the wind yesterday afternoon and of course we had a deluge overnight so the fields are wet again, so it’s back to two steps forward and one step back!

The weather today is also showery and I was a little concerned when I took Kim out this morning. I had seen some lighting before I got up and I didn’t want to be in the middle of a field if it happened again! There were very dark clouds as I walked across the fields, just as there was a heavy shower Kim took after a deer. I had just heard it but she was too quick for me and was across the field in a flash after it, but the deer was too wily for her and she soon returned, thank goodness!

There has been plenty to see down by the Stour, there were a flock of Redwings, I think, in the Spinney very busy but they soon moved on. I must carry my binoculars!
It looks like a Song Thrush has taken up residence and I stopped to listen to him singing for quite some time, it was lovely. There were also a pair of Mallard ducks in the Spinney and we disturbed a Heron who was perched on the corner of the river.

Otter feeding
Otter feeding

I had to go shopping in town so I just had to take a little walk, the weather was changeable with showers and a cold wind and I didn’t expect to see much. I got to the blue bridge and was going to walk along the length of the Crown meadows when I spotted some movement below the weir which was still running very fast. There was an Otter fishing again, it must be a good spot as he was certainly catching things. After a little while he swam down to the island and disappeared for a while, I just spotted it again with another Otter for a short time later. There was a little Grey Wagtail by the side of the weir always busy bobbing up and down and a pair of Moorhens on the bank.

Grey wagtail
Grey wagtail

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