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|
|Female Kingfisher - Stanpit Marsh © Nick Hull|