I’m still on catch-up with my Diary posts as I usually like to be up to date and what’s happening that day, but time has been short. So here is a few sightings of various flora and fauna from the start of July from different walks some down towards the river and others around Hambledon Hill.

The River Stour although quite low at this time of year has a healthy population of fish, at certain times of the day you can see into the river world. There are a few large Chubb around and plenty of smaller ones.

Chubb
Chubb

I have been seeing the Hares regularly, made easier now the fields have been cut for hay, still very nervous but that’s good thing I for one want them to survive and thrive.

Hare
Hare

Still lots of fledglings about and this Juvenile Stonechat was on the wheat near Hambledon Hill.

Juvenile Stonechat
Juvenile Stonechat

I was really pleased to see the juvenile Green Woodpecker at the back of the village. I quite often hear them or a flash as they fly away but I managed to get a good look at this one and take photos.

Juvenile Green Woodpecker
Juvenile Green Woodpecker
Juvenile Green Woodpecker
Juvenile Green Woodpecker

I noticed a border of wildflowers round a field near Netmead Lane. I had seen the purple flower in a Wildflower mixture and was unsure of the name, which was unusual for me but I guessed perhaps it wasn’t a native and I’ve found out it is Phacelia and originates from the Americas and is used in farming as a cover crop, green manure and a beneficial insect plant Phacelia tanacetifolia

Phacelia
Phacelia

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