Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Cross-ridge dykes, a Goldcrest and a Water Vole

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus
On Tuesday I joined a tour of Beacon Hill led by archaeologist Dr Stuart Needham as part of The People of the Heath project based at Petersfield Museum. The Late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age hilltop enclosure on Beacon Hill is one of the prehistoric remains on the Downs above Harting and Elsted. We saw cross-ridge dykes, barrows and wonderful views and heard about previous excavations.
Afterwards I visited Arundel WWT where I met Terry and we watched a Goldcrest performing an amazing display near the Sand Martin hide. It pranced around the trees in the garden area and kept flying out and hovering above and ahead of me. It did this about six times. A female Bullfinch fed on the tree buds.

This afternoon I visited Arundel WWT again and watched a Water Vole swimming.
cross-ridge dykes

ancient path up to Beacon Hill hill-fort
start of path at bottom of hill
the troops
more cross-ridge dykes
Tour leader, Dr Stuart Needham
Arundel WWT:

female Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula 
Greylag Geese, Anser anser
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus

female Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Magpie Geese, Anseranas semipalmata
Robin, Erithacus rubecula
Water Vole, Arvicola amphibius

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