Sights and Sounds at 10pm

At dusk on a summer's evening......

The Barn owl glides silently out of the Sussex barn window, past the Oast and over the shepherd's hut, hunting for food for the young owlets in its nesting box.

The Little owl heads directly from the bottom sheep shed, flying low over the garden towards the farmhouse. It's flight is undulating - almost like a woodpecker. It passes close by the hall window, ending up perched on top of a telegraph pole. It reminds me of pictures I'd seen as a child of a totem pole. It stays for about 10 minutes, occasionally turning its head, before flying to the oak trees.

Pipestrelle and Long eared bats leave their roosts to swoop around the farm buildings and Romney Marsh frogs (sometimes called the laughing frog because of the sound they make) call loudly from the lake at Brede Place.

In the distance, strange calls and noises reverberate from the fields and copses surrounding the farm. Close by, rustling from undergrowth, sharp calls from a Magpie and gentle baa-ing from ewes to their lambs as they gather together in groups to settle down for the night.

This is a half hour snapshot of Hare Farm on a warm summer's night, just sat outside near the Oast and the shepherd's hut.....in the words of Pa Larkin ( Darling Buds Of May ) "simply perfick!". 

Hare Farm Oast at dusk

Written by Annie

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