A sunny morning on Canford Heath

Thursday 9th April 2015

It was a beautiful sunny morning, so Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath. I parked in Culliford Crescent and we walked over the east side of the heath. This means a walk up a very steep hill to start off with.

The path from Culliford Crescent to South Walk

And, of course, it’s from this vantage point that we get the spectacular views over Poole, which was actually a bit hazy today.

Haze over Poole

As the weather is getting warmer and we are getting more sun so the butterflies are getting out and about. Today we saw a Small Tortoiseshell…

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

… and a Peacock.

Peacock Butterfly

There are also loads of Brimstone butterflies around, but I haven’t been able to get a photo of one of those – they flit around so quickly.

From the South Walk we headed across the heath to the new pond we have found. This photo was taken of Max en route.

Max

Max was a bit upset when we got to the pond though: virtually all of the water had gone.

The water has almost all gone

And as we walked back to the car we went to the other pond down the bottom of the hill that Max likes, and that was completely dried up!

When we got home Chris called me to bring the camera into the garden. There I found a young house sparrow, which had obviously left the nest but couldn’t quite fly yet.

Young Sparrow

As I got closer it hopped away onto the steps by the pond, so I gave it some food and water. It clearly appreciated the buggy nibbles I put down for it.

Time for breakfast

It hung around in the garden all day, and we had to keep the dogs away. But towards the end of the afternoon I saw it exercising it’s wings, and then by early evening there was no sign of it, so I guess it had finally figured out how to fly!

A year ago today

Max and I were at Upton Country Park.

Upton Lake

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