The weather has been reasonable this weekend, what little ice that remains has thawed. Most (but not all) of the birds driven south by the snow are starting to head back north.
The rest of the country appears to be locked in snow and ice, but here in the Poole area we have got away lightly. The only noticeable difference from any other year is the larger number of Fieldfares in the gardens.
No snow in the area yet, so the Dartfords Warblers on the moor are coping well with the cold spell. A pair of Merlins are regular hunters over the the heath and fields.
Most of the harbour birds appeared to be at Middlebere putting on a fine spectacle. The initial flock of Avocets and Lapwings was soon supplemented by a large wing of Brent geese.
A few of the several hundred Avocets.
More Brents on the way.
The whole lot disturbed by a Buzzard.
A few of the supporting cast…