Got up early, thought I'd try and see the Barn Owl, which I didn't. Lots of Roe Deer, some very close but they were quicker than me. Than, for the first time round this patch, a Grasshopper Warbler, reeling away. If anyone has never heard one, they are amazing. Loads (hundred+) Goldfinch, Jay, GS Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard. Good view of a bedraggled Willow Warbler, plenty of Linnets. Good morning, needed it really, was really annoyed at increasing Covid infections. Spent 20 mins sat on a rock chillin and soaking up the heat.
Went for a run this morning and had a buzzard casually sitting on the fence until I got within about five metres. The sods always keep their distance when I am carrying a camera. I swear they wait for me to head out for a run and then shout to each other its time to turn up and say hi.
Yup, enjoy what we can. I think the buzzards were trying to get the juveniles out of the nest: lots of calling, flying off to nearby trees. Beautiful morning. The farmer has left many of his fields fallow (huge area). See the Roe Deer photo: that's chamomile and its smells amazing in the hot sun. wife and myself got really into plants and flowers, I get a bit obsessed but getting good at ID'ing them.
If I'd not seen it's short stubby tail I would have sworn it was a mountain lion which we don't get in that area (Western Maine). It was a good 50 pounds at a guess. Kind of scary that I let my 4 year old daughter just play out on her own with that beast around but they are meant to be totally unthreatening.
Then the other morning hiking up to a start a Hut Traverse through the whites at 3 am I saw a beautiful small owl just perched on a branch. I think it was a Northern Saw-whet Owl.
Piccies: whitethroat, nuthatch, goldfinches. A pair of nuthatch that suddenly went dead still, posing for photo's. Then i realised why, turned around and a male sparrowhawk and landed 20 ft behind me which I hadn't noticed (until it flew off !)
And this evenings dog walk, with my daughter, rain forecast so left my camera (first time since April).....roe deer and two fawns! Spotted a few hundred yards away then they made their way towards us, within 40 feet then headed into the woods. Showed three other folk - made their day, and mine.
The BMC have launched a 'No Moor BBQs' campaign, after countless devastating moorland fires. They are calling on the government to criminalise the use of disposable barbeques on open moorland, with a severe penalty for anyone caught.