Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Lytchett Fields > Brownsea Island

Date: 17th October 2016
Location: Lytchett Fields + Brownsea Island
Weather: Heavy Rain Showers > Blue Skies
Lytchett Fields - Kingfisher, Snipe, Marsh Harrier, Pied Wagtail, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
Brownsea Island -  Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Buzzard, Greater Black Backed Gull, Grey Plover, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Spoonbill, Grey Wagtail, Brent Goose, Nuthatch, Kingfisher
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Observation: Bright and early start to get to Lytchett Fields for high tide. After a long walk down the Drive, we arrived at Lytchett Fields, walking along the footpath there were numerous Stonechat on the tops of teasel along with Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit flying around on the mud. From the first viewpoint, plenty of Dunlin, 400 to be exact. The Fields were full of birds but no pictures as early morning sun was blinding! Thanks to Ian Ballam for counting them! We had to move on to catch the first ferry over to Brownsea Island, little did we know after walking a 2-mile detour we arrived at Poole Quay as Poole Bridge is closed for essential maintenance, so beware!.

As we got onto the boat, the Lesser Yellowlegs was tweeted at Lytchett Fields by Ian Ballam!

Arriving onto Brownsea Island, 2 Spoonbill were present, but once we arrived into the first hide we were told all 39 Spoonbill had flown in the direction of Arne for Autumnwatch, typical!

The reflections in the first hide were stunning. Here's a few images:

Most of the hides were very crowded so didn't stay long in the second one.

On finding the Peacocks, no sorry, I mean Squirrels! They all seemed to favour the Church area where a mass of people had gathered to see them. The Red Squirrels were very tame climbing over people's belongings until the Peacocks interrupted, which the number of the Peacocks seems to have increased alot since our last visit in 2014.

This is how close they get!

Pesky Peacocks!

After lots of blurry shots of Squirrels and a few in focus... We headed back for one last look in the hides, hoping the Spoonbill had returned!

The birds on the Lake were very active because of a Buzzard being present.

Waiting for the boat back to Poole, a double rainbow lit up the skies! A lovely end to a stunning day.

 Thanks For Looking !

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