Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Saturday 26th May Hardy's Monument

First observation of the day was a dead Slow worm in the middle of Weymouth. It’s not every day you see one of those!

Then we went to Hardy’s Monument at Blackdown Hill just north of Portesham. This is a favourite spot of ours, as there are a number of walks that go from here and most of them have ancient features – Round Barrows everywhere, a few ancient stones, defences etc. so Mrs D gets the ancient history, I get some birds, and if the wind blows then you can’t here the sound of children moaning about having to walk a few hundred yards.

Birdwise it was unremarkable with the usual Buzzards and Swifts, but a Hobby slipped silently past to liven up the day.

Back at the car park we bumped into the energetic Andrew Duke who owns and runs the car park. He point out to us the Needles on the Isle of White visible in the distance, Start Point in south Devon, and was looking for one of the Malvern Hills – sixty miles in all directions! It occurred to me later that this would be a good spot for raptor watching in migration time. With an excellent mobile café I think I might be spending a few more lunch-times up here soon. Here’s the island of Portland from the Hardy Monument.

Then it was off with the family for some traditional sea-side entertainment.

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