Wildlife in my local patch

Hampshire UK

International Dawn Chorus Day – 4th May 2014

Jackson-DawnChorusWe moved house temporarily a week ago while we have some building work done at home and so our patch has changed for a while, although it is not too far away. In contrast to having the woodland across the road we are now surrounded by arable fields, largely oil seed rape and footpaths. Hedge rows are the closest thing we now  have to a wood!

Here’s a bleary eyed me holding the latest Magazine at 5:00am

We came out of the front door of our new house to be greeted by the incredibly loud song thrush singing at the top of it’s voice. It was a bit chilly so I guess the birds had to sing loud to warm up.

Our list of birds included chiff chaff, chaffinch, bullfinch, pheasant, robin, wood pigeon, partridge, tawny owl, rooster, blackbird, wren, crow, goldcrest, great tit, blue tit, black cap and magpie.

We also saw a roe deer and a lovely hare emerging from the hedge.  Although the birdsong was spectacular, the highlight for me was seeing steam gently rising from a badger sett entrance where the occupants had obviously just returned from a night out.

We then returned home for a very welcome hot chocolate!



Author: Jackson

Jackson is a young person with an active interest in natural history. He has been asked to be a Local Patch Reporter, writing a regular nature blog about the wildlife in his area for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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