It didn’t take long at all, that stream is fairly occasional anyway. The main part of The Lavant is still flowing well. Traditionally there’s the Duck Race in May and then the river gets smaller until it dries up again. We’re in a chalk valley, water will sweep off the Downs and into the streams, and then the chalk absorbs it.I'm amazed at how quickly all the streams here have run dry considering all the wet we had over winter - it looks like it's the same with you.
Nice shotWell, we've had quite a day of unusual sightings, mostly without a camera to hand....First off, we saw Rachel Johnson in the M&S filling station near us....but on to less common fauna! This morning we saw a stoat on the lookout for rabbits while we were fixing the fruit cage, a large (!) fledgling green woodpecker in the garden chasing flying ants, a buzzard on a roadside post (a few feet away), rabbits everywhere, and the subject of the picture - a young sparrowhawk. We saw him/her land on our feeder frame, and then zoom down to chase some songbirds into the hedge - unsuccessfully in the end. The hawk then took off and zoomed round the corner of our house, then snatched a fledgling (we think it was a young robin) from the roof of the fruit cage, and dropped down to the area by our compost bins. I pointed this out to my missus, and she crept round there with her camera. She managed to snap a couple of shots before the hawk flew off, fledgling in talons:
We felt a bit sorry for the little one, but that is nature.