We set a trail camera for 3 days to see what we could catch on the local patch. This basic camera gave an overview of the deer in the hours of darkness. As well as deer it picked up a Jay a rabbit and a fox.
A Sunday mornings walk across our local fields leaves are changing colour and everything seems damp and slimy after 2 days of heavy rain.
An nice looking small fungi possibly Amethyst deceiver a deep purple coloured mushroom.
I found this piece of honeycomb smaller than a domesticated honey bee – i guess it has been dug out of a hive by a mammal or a bird and dropped.
I think this mushroom is called sulfur tuft.
I was caught out by this deer while walking in the rain she sprung off in a flash.
A short walk to observe some local Roe Deer.
Where expected at least 4 Roe Bucks were socialising within the long grasses in the field.
Suddenly the Roe deer behaviour has changed again and they have come out of hiding in the woodland and appear to be gathering in one of the fields. Roe deer are solitary, forming small groups in winter months so I guess this is what’s happening as we move towards winter. This behaviour will give a good chance of some photographs I hope as they seem to look up and stare before strolling off.
Both sexes of Roe deer make dog-like barking noises when startled or alarmed.
I was on the walk today with my brother Simon, walking where we hoped to see some Deer. We came across a young Roe Deer stuck in the fence. Some of the farm fences are a square wire about waist height the adult deer can jump them but the fawns cannot and try and find a gap. This fawn had misjudged it and tried to go through the fence getting well and truly stuck by the hips. I could not release her by myself this is me trying – it took both of us to push her back through the wire she had come through. Barking with fear at the top of her voice while we helped to free her. Once free and lifted over the fence she recovered and made her escape to freedom across the meadow, Job done.
I said goodbye to dad yesterday who died shortly after we left him in an emergency room bed. I had just returned from a couple of days in Devon the furthest we had been from home since the Pandemic started earlier in the year.
Places visited included many places we had visited many times before as a family – as children – with our children and alone. But importantly I was originally taken to these places by mum and dad.
I was planning on showing dad my photographs of these places we had enjoyed together sadly it was not to be and he did not see them.
A short journey out of Hampshire and you arrive at West Bay. West Bay is a bit of a hotchpotch of old buildings and more modern holiday type apartments and a holiday park accommodation built around the old harbour with small fishing boats and pot boats. It has charm but is not a pretty village. Now famous for the setting of the BBC detective drama “Broadchurch”.
The harbour is situated on the mouth of The River Britt and the naturel gap in sandstone cliffs it forms.
Some harbour car park birdlife.
On the other hand the village of Beer with a channelled stream running down the high Street is a village of chocolate box lids and really pretty.
Beer has no harbour but the gap in the chalk cliffs forms a shingle and sand beach where a small fishing fleet which are beach launched. As soon as the tide and the light is right the fleet takes to the sea.
You can buy fish almost direct from the boat on the beach. Beach huts hint of holidaymakers on brighter days.
Another Seaside town known for its fossils is Lyme Regis and the Cobb protecting a harbour with pleasure and fishing boats. The Cobb was made famous in the 1981 film The French Lieutenant’s Woman staring Meryl Streep.
People take risks on the Cobb sea wall to watch the water even on a calm day the sea smashes against the wall. Over the years many people have been washed off the Cobb some have died.
Some further birds spotted while away.
On the way home we stopped at this small prehistoric circle of nine standing stones which was constructed around 4,000 years ago. On the busy main road at Winterbourne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9LX
An interesting sight spotted near Poole the HQ of the RNLI was a lifeboat on a lorry! not something you see everyday.
Dad with mum enjoying life to the full at the age of 85 at our local Sunflower farm earlier in the Summer 2020 RIP.
A few days ago when out for a walk I came across a wasp nest. Returning today with a plan to film it with my small trail camera on a little tripod by setting it up in front of the hole. It was more difficult collecting the camera than putting it in place!
Wren on a farm fence.
Several fungi I spotted this morning.
Much the same things spotted on my walk today although fungi are starting to pop up all over the place.
Since my walk last Sunday afternoon many fungi have appear large groups of large Parasol Mushrooms were giving a good show some solitary others in quite large groups.
Another Common Blue Butterfly this time as well are getting some pictures of the top blue wings today I was able to get some pictures of the under-wing.
I thought this dragonfly made an interesting picture when it landed on the barbed wire.
Spot the green Grasshopper on this field mushroom (between the yellow lines)
A bright Sunday morning walk, with lots to see and record. Berry’s, acorns. Thistles and grasses have gone to seed.
Oaks are the host plants for more than 70 species of gall wasp.In its larval stage these insects that induce the plant to produce abnormal growths, known as galls, that enclose the developing larvae.
This Hornet is making short work of this Wasp for his lunch – hunting along the edge of a Bramble bush this Hornet had grabbed a Wasp feeding on the Blackberry’s. I was only able to get a picture of the hornet as he had stopped to feed. It does give you a good idea of the size of this insect.
The Hornet mimic hoverfly is the largest hoverfly species found in the UK. It is an excellent mimic of the Hornet, but is harmless to humans. It was a very rare visitor to the country up to the 1940s, it has become more common in Southern England in recent years, and spreading northwards. The adults are migratory and the larvae live inside wasps’ nests.
There were many different species of flies enjoying Blackberry’s and sunshine.