First thing we were hampered with low lying mist over the Middlebere channel but this soon cleared and we had wonderful weather, good light and no wind, ideal conditions.
Once again as I thought the weather was going to be raining and wet I did not take my camera and I should of done!
At the car park
Firecrest -heard only
Then out on to coombe heath and the look out point
Fly over of Redwing and fieldfare
Brent Geese in the field
|Taken with phone through scope|
but this was a good move to try as I had a new bird for the Dorset list.
Snipe # 144
So we made our way through the car park and down through Arne farm to the steps and Shipstal point
Here we had a mixed flock of Long tailed tits with Chiffchaff and at least 5 + Goldcrest.
Looking from the steps in to Arne bay a large group of Spoonbill c37
Two good views of Dartford Warbler singing.
From the view point and distances views out on the water
Great Crested Grebes
Red breasted Merganser
Velvet Scoter = Life # 145
After the walk had finished I went out to one of the moors /heaths to look for some more birds and a bird I have been looking for, for a while now. Looking out over Arne Moors from a new position
Marsh Harrier 3
Lesser Redpoll # 146
Spotted Redshank # 147
Fieldfare and Redwing, distance views
I then took a walk along Soliders Road up to Knoll Farm to see if I could find the bird I need for the list after a bit of searching I found the bird with three Pheaseants, Two pied Wagtails on the barn and some Redwing.
Red-legged Partridge # 148