As the Saturday volunteer group were working along the Long Pads footpath a large flock of linnets were alternating between Flora Field and West Field. Well over a hundred I would say.
On Monday afternoon we saw two shell duck in the West Field wetland and a couple of roe deer peeping out of Upper Sowerholme toward the Fauna path.
Did anyone record the row deer we disturbed last Saturday whilst sowing the Flora Field seed margin? It ran out of Pony Wood and across the ploughed field and into Lower Sowerholme.
this morning when walking the dog I took a photo of the pond (not something I usually do!). Then later I logged on to Facebook and it showed me ‘memories’ from Feb 11th. By bizarre coincidence 3 years ago I took and posted a photo of the pond!
Photos attached. The pink sky one was today, the other Feb 11 2016
I saw a fox crossing the West Field this morning and then heard a very noisy woodpecker in Pony Wood. This afternoon a flock of 40ish linnets were having a mini murmeratio along the Long Pads footpath.
A single, female, row deer spotted crossing West Field on the morning of 12th July.
The edge of the arable field that runs along the boundary with Lower Sowerholme is being managed as a floristically-enhanced grass margin. As required by Natural England, we are in the process of giving it the second cut of the year (to reduce the fertility and competition from less-desirable grasses) and are experimenting by doing it with scythes. Not an easy scything job, but about 30m achieved this morning and the top of hill is encouragingly closer. Whilst walking in to do the work, Paul disturbed a snipe in the stubble. Up near the brow of the hill. Taking an opportunity to keep its feet dry? Certainly very wet elsewhere: our work spot gave really good views of the extensive scrape that has developed in West Field.
Last Wednesday (8th February) as the Hedge Working Party past Little Wood we saw a stoat dart across the wood.
Today (11th Feb) we saw a biggish group of starlings adjacent to West Field. I would say a couple of hundred. Also a flock of linnets in the tree adjacent to the Pads footpath.
Oh and a moorhen in Big Meadow next to the Fauna path
The Hedge Working Party met yesterday. One of us observed a small flock of field fare in West Field on the way to meet the group. A member of the public reported seeing a stoat on the track near the treble gates and we disturbed a heron in Flora Field as we approached our hedge.
An excellent close-up of a brown hare in West Field yesterday as Oliver and I carried out the monthly reserve inspection on a lovely sunny morning. We were just stood quietly in the field when it stuck its head up above the grass about 20 metres away. To my untrained eyes, it seemed a big and healthy animal. It looked at us for a bit then casually bounded off a short distance, leaping over the tussocks. Clearly not unduly bothered by our presence. We then spotted it twice more as we continued on through the field.