Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Update on Recent Walks

We have been busy as usual with our regular group walks, with Studland on Tuesday and this morning at Stanpit Marshes.  Both walks produced all the usual species that we would expect to find at the two locations.

The highlights at Studland was a Velvet Scoter out in the bay, found by Jackie, which was accompanied by four Common Scoter.  It gave us some good flight views when a passing helicopter flushed them off the bay so everyone could see the white secondaries confirming its identification.  We had three Ring-necked Parakeets around the usual trees, always easy to find by their screeching calls.  We also had at least eight Black-necked Grebe and one or two were approaching full summer plumage.  We tried for the long staying Hooded Crow around Manor Farm to no avail but we were rewarded on our return to the cars by excellent views of a Firecrest which are always nice to see.
Firecrest - Studland © Nick Hull
This morning (21st) we had a good walk around Stanpit Marsh and searched through all the waterfowl and waders for the Stilt Sandpiper but unfortunately it wasn't to be found, unless it was hiding in one of the marsh water channels of which there are many. We had good views of all the regular species out highlights here was the regular Spotted Redshank and a female Kingfisher, also a small flock of Redwing.
Female Kingfisher - Stanpit Marsh © Nick Hull

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Lytchett Patch 2017 Report Online

Hi everyone,
2017 has been a memorable year in many respects on the Lytchett Bay patch and it has taken a while to compile the 2017 report.

So after a few weeks of collating and compiling our individual sections, hence not much blogging of late, Shaun Robson and I have completed our sections and Shaun has compiled both sections into a great report.

So thanks to everyone who has helped in anyway and in particular Ian Ballam and Shaun and of course Birds of Poole Harbour for hosting the report on their website. If you are interested in reading the 2017 Bird and Wildlife Report follow the link below.



Lytchett Bay Birds and wildlife 2017
Shaun Robson and Nick Hull
4 seasons 4 great birds – we’ll never forget 2017 

Stilt Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Buff-breasted Sandpiper & Hawfinch @ Ian Ballam