A Short Jolly up Hambledon Hill

Dry but a bit breezy at ground level... severely gusty up the top, hence the short visit!

First up, along the roadside, a hornet. Seen 4 or 5 this year, only ever seen one previously

I think this is a Nuthatch, but not a great angle or pic

Funny how when you've never seen something before, you then often see two in a short space of time... Redpoll

Ohh, alright, it's more than likely another juvie Goldfinch!!

My thought's were, that despite it being breezy, it may cause any butterflies to stay closer to the ground, so more easily photographable.... that butterfly theory was blown out of the water, however. it seemed to hold true for this guy... he was disturbed by a chap walking his dog....

but just flew a little further round the rampart 

He then flew on a bit further... the angle of the land is how steep it is all the way up... pretty good defences back in the day!!

I decided enough was enough, and left before the inevitable wind-blown ear-ache kicked in, and on the way back down I spotted a lady Stonechat

I'd spotted one meadow brown but autofocus managed to grab the grass in front of it, so I thought a butterfly free trip, when.... ta-daaaaa, along the track back to the car

I was surprised by how few birds there were on the berry laden shrubs/trees by where the stonechat had been, and also by how few butterflies there were (despite the breeze) but watching the swallows swooping about up the hill, and the presence of the kestrel made up for it.

And so that's probably concluded this weeks (mis)adventures, but who knows what the future holds!!

Stay safe All

  • Nice set of pics but I think your lady Stonechat is actually a male

    Richard B

  • In reply to Richard G B:

    I'm pretty gender fluid Richard lol... I'm just pleased I got the stonechat bit right, with my record!! Thanks :o)
  • In reply to PimperneBloke:

    PimperneBloke said:
    I'm pretty gender fluid Richard lol... I'm just pleased I got the stonechat bit right, with my record!! Thanks :o)


    Richard B

  • Good thing you are PB ... your 'guy' Kestrel ia actually a lovely girl! Thanks for the great pics though


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  • Jolly good jaunt up the hill PB! 

    Post edit...nice pics too

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • Another lovely set PB and great photo captures in what looks like a lovely part of the country. Kestrel is a beauty and thank you for the the Stonechat too. Glad you are managing some nice wildlife adventures on your week off work, think you chose the right week before weather turns and further lockdowns are put upon us :(


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  • I can just imagine how windy it was on top of the hill. Strong easterly where I live in the Thames Valley. I'm sure the Kestrel would have enjoyed the up-draught Nice set of photos.



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  • Seeing the title of the thread did make me smile. Having been to Hambledon Hill myself i wouldn't really call it a jolly getting to the top.

    I dug out this photo from google, it shows the "Hill" pretty well.

    Richard B

  • You've had a great week PB and finished off with lovely pics of the Kestrel and one of my favourites the Stonechat, lovely R.Admiral to finish.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to Richard G B:

    Richard G B said:
    i wouldn't really call it a jolly getting to the top

    But on a clear day the views are worth every lung busting step!

    Thanks all for your kind comments and ID's over the week, most appreciated