Spring time is just around the corner
Spring time is just around the corner
The male duck is a handsome bird with a very elaborate and ornate plumage with distinctive long orange feathers on the side of the face, orange ‘sails’ on the back, and pale orange flanks. As with many ducks the female is dull by comparison with a grey head and white stripe behind the eye, brown back and mottled flanks. A non-native duck in the UK they were introduced from China and have become established following escapes from park collections. It is estimated that now around 7000 Mandarin’s in the UK. Today there were at least 6 male ducks on Fritham pond in the New Forest
Watching storm Doris as it passes through Hampshire most missed us but stormy weather on the sea wall.
The Sanderling is a small, energetic wading bird often seen running . It has short straight black bill and medium length black legs.It is pale grey above and white underneath I posted these pictures back in the summer.
In winter this bird is pale in colour. I took the pictures below today in the same spot showing their winter markings and although the pictures taken in low light could be better I think they give a good overview between winter and summer plumage.
Back to our local seaside spot a few miles down the road from home at Hill Head near Lee on Solent. The winter is quickly being left behind and spring is just around the corner and it will soon be time to take off ones shoes and paddle in the sea without your feet turning blue!
Walking on the shore you never know what is under your feet.
On the shore today with it’s body the size of your thumb nail and it’s very long legs was this little monster a long legged spider crab.
Pulpit Rock on Portland Bill is the remains of a natural arch intentionally left in place by quarry men in the 1870’s it is said to have religious significance. The large slab of rock, leaning against the main stack is said to depict an open Bible leaning on a pulpit.
The Verne citadel is a Victorian military complex covering some 50 acres it is located on the the isle of Portland Dorset on the highest point at the top of Verne Hill, it sits in a commanding position overlooking the Harbour 500 ft above the sea. Built between 1857-81, as Portland Harbour’s main defensive fortification naturally inaccessible from the north and east, the south and west sides were protected with the digging of a large ditch. The East Weare Battery below the eastern side of the Verne was considered part of the citadel’s outworks.I The citadel was designed with open gun emplacements on 3 sides. Its defensive role came to an end; by 1903 the citadel became an infantry barracks. During both World Wars the site was the Headquarters of Coast Artillery. During World War II, a Chain Home Low Radar set was installed within the citadel, and the main magazine was used as a hospital. The citadel was turned into a prison in 1949 and is still used by the prison service today and is not open to the public.
Just next to the citadel and to the South is a high angle battery
link to a past visit
From most roads around Bridport you can see a hill top with a group of pine trees on its top. Colmer Hill takes its name from the “Colmer Tenement”. The family were tenants of the Dukes of Somerset in the 17th century and the Rev. John Colmer was the rector from 1805-06.in the area.
During WW1 the pine trees were planted on the summit by Major W P Colfox MC and the hill now forms an iconic land mark in the area. If you know this area you will know this view..
Next to the War Memorial in the small Somerset Village of Baltonsbough is a 15in howitzer shell casing which stands on a millstone with a circular concrete base beneath. The shell carries two plaques.
The one to the front is bronze and is inscribed:
PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL WAR SAVINGS COMMITTEE TO THE PEOPLE OF BALTONSBOROUGH TO COMMEMORATE THEIR NOTABLE CONTRIBUTION DURING GUN WEEK, 1918.
The second is a brass plaque which carries the following inscription: ROLL OF HONOUR/ 1914 – 1918/ IN HONOURED REMEMBRANCE/ OF THE MEN OF/ BALTONSBOROUGH/ WHO FOUGHT IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ ROYAL NAVY/ (NAMES)/ ARMY/ (NAMES AND RANK). The names of the fallen are marked with a cross.