Lovely weather yesterday brought visitors to the reserve and the birds out to play in force.
Marsh harrier seen both from Coombe heath and Shipstal, hen harrier down off Coombe along with 2 peregrine falcon. Tawny owl was in his tree in the carpark as usual. Kestrel, raven and buzzard were around too. Marsh tit and G.S woodpecker around the carpark and some lovely views of firecrest and treecreeper on the road up to Arne villiage in the holly. Bullfinch, goldfinch, siskin, linnet and loads of reed bunting joined huge numbers of chaffinch in the winter finch trail and g.woodpecker and redwing were around the farm fields. on the mudflats at Middlebere and Shipstal there were brent geese, shelduck, wigeon, teal, redshank, black tailed godwit, dunlin, oystercatcher, avocet, lapwing, little egret and spoonbill. Stonechat and Dartford warblers ( check out how we manage the gorse for the Dartfords in our 4th Arne Video Diary at http://bit.ly/hmRLc4 ) joined meadow pipits and the great grey shrike up on Coombe heath and out on the water in the harbour there were slavionian grebe, goldeneye, common scoter, G.C. grebe, red breasted merganser (right off the beach), blacked necked grebe and long tailed duck.
Well if only they'd all stick around a bit...why not join us on wednesday at 10am at the visitor centre for our free weekly 'wellies and waders' walk. Can't make wednesday? We've two free walks on saturday 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm for our 'Introduce a friend to the wild' day. For more information see http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-264528
Yes yes, I know. When your on holiday your supposed to take a break and totally forget about work. Well, I was holiday last week, and guess what....I went exploring. I am extremely lucky to work at such a fantastic reserve, and am also lucky that my job also incorporates my passion....Poole Harbour wildlife. So here are a few pictures I took last week of amazing Poole Harbour birds, whilst on holiday from watching amazing Poole Harbour birds !!!!
Black Tailed Godwit
Dunlin and a Black Tailed Godwit
It was bitterly cold today, this morning we had a few flecks of snow even! A raptor bumper day again, with various marsh and hen harrier being spotted both over on the Middlebere channel and out of the double decker hide. Kestrel, buzzard, sparrowhawk and peregrine too with some great views of a merlin eating his dinner. Oh and the tawny owl was in his tree in the carpark as well.
The usual large numbers of waders we shivering down off Coombe heath including avocet, black tailed godwit, redshank, lapwing, dunlin, knot, curlew and oystercatcher with wigeon, teal, shelduck, goldeneye, pintail, red breasted merganser and (yesterday) a goosander putting in appearences for the ducks.
Great grey shrike still about on Coombe heath and the firecrests are spreading from the carpark down towards the Shipstal trails.
Don't forget this weekend it's the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch (for information take a look at the RSPB homepage) and on saturday come down to Arne for our 'Bio-Blitz' event, which takes the Big Garden Birdwatch to a reserve scale!
With the return of the cold, many people are asking about Arne's Dartford warblers. Although normally the Isle of Purbeck is too warm for snow, this year we did have some cover. Unfortunately we will have to wait until spring until we find out how this weather may have affected the Dartford population and we will of course let you know the findings. Untill then, learn about one of the ways in which we manage our heathland for their benefit by watching the next instalment of the Arne Video Diary at http://bit.ly/hmRLc4 and I apologise for the ending....don't hire me as an editor, at least until I've had a bit more practice.