Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The South Downs in August

We've been out while the weather is fine, with our cameras nature spotting. The wild flowers are wonderful; thistles, poppies and harebells are scattered along our chalky Downs, and this in turn attracts all the beautiful butterflies. We have found some excellent picnic spots up on the hills, where we listen out for the raptors including many buzzards, a barn owl, kestrels, sparrowhawks and we think a couple of Red Kites have been around! The yellowhammers are still busy feeding their young, darting around and disappearing into the hedgerows when they think it's safe! Coco has found an owl's perch, and dissected a pellet, plus there is another one out on the balcony waiting to be investigated!!

I hope you are all enjoying the summer as much as we are!


Caroline B said...

I don't know if it is because we are actually having a fine summer this year, but there does seem to be more nature around than usual - walks are great fun at the moment. I saw a red kite the other day flying over the farmland - incredible, such a big bird.

Helz Cuppleditch said...

Yes, perhaps it's that Caroline, there are certainly more wild flowers this year and that's got to attract more insects etc. I'm hoping to get a really good photo of a red kite.... my mission! Chichester Harbour has an osprey around, so that's another one on my list!! Helz x