The first place of call was Lytchett Fields and Slough Lane. Here I look for birds along the hedge rows along the lanes and in the Pools Field, The bay, Frenches Field and Sherford Pools. This sight gives me a good mix of species to been seen from passerines, waders and raptors.
|Walking down the lane|
|The Pools Field|
Out in the field their was 34 Redshanks, 8 Curlew most likely more hidden away in the long grass. Down by the view point were you can get a better view of the field I added Starling, Wren and among the Curlew I spotted a lone Black-tailed Godwit that is 6 new birds and I still not been down the rest of the lane and on to the fields. So I made my way down the muddy and part flooded lane and soon picked upper another with a single Chaffinch, looking across one of the fields I noticed a bird perched at the top of the tree and a Pheasant strutting across the field, I got the scope on the bird in the tree and it was a female Kestrel.
I made my way across the water logged field and crossed the birdge over the stream that was almost full to bursting.
|Standing on the little birdge looking back towards the lane|
|Record Shot of 107 Black-tailed Godwit at Upton CP|
Great Spotted Woodpecker
I headed over to my other patch Longham Lake.
Longham Lake Patch
|Looking across the lake from the west bank|
I arrived at the lakes at 13.50hrs after a heavy showers on my way from Poole to find two Redwing in the car park and another singing Song Thrush not far from the visitor centre.
On the small lake I counted 20 Pochard it is great to see these birds back for the winter hopefully there numbers will build over the coming weeks.
|One of 20 Pochard on North Lake|
I walked round both lakes this afternoon with the hope of getting some new birds to build up the Longham list. Which thankfully I managed to do, the first new bird was a lone Greylag goose among 72 Canada geese out on the flooded Hampreston fields.
|Flood Field with the Dorset Stour spilling over its banks|
|Fist group of Canada geese|
|Second group of Canada geese|
I ended up with 7 new birds for the patch which brings the list up to 36 species recorded and a 37 species points. Which was not to bad going given how the weather was with intermiten showers on and off during the afternoon.
The new birds
Great Black-backed Gull