I always like to vary my early morning walks and I am so lucky that the village where I live in has such a variety of walks and habitats. On Friday 16th April I decided to head towards Hambledon Hill, hoping to spot a Hare after I saw one a little while ago, but I should learn that when I want to see something particular it just doesn’t happen. But never mind there is always something else to see and enjoy.

As I headed under the hill I spotted a Buzzard flying above, I quite often see or hear them early in the morning.

Buzzard
Buzzard

On the other side of the hill from the village there is a bridleway that takes you up to the top of the hill which I use at times but today I explored the scrub under the bridleway that goes down to the fields. I remember from last year there are quite a few birds in that area.

I spotted some Linnets but I’m still trying to get a close up of them. I always see or hear the Yellowhammers now, a couple off years ago I was pleased to see one they certainly appear to be doing well in our area.

Linnets
Linnets
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

What I spent my time watching were Stonechats, I heard them before I saw them with their distinctive call like two stones tapping together. It wasn’t long before I spotted a male on the bushes. I spent sometime watching them before I went home for breakfast.

Stonechat, male
Stonechat, male

Stonechat, male

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