Longham Lakes – Little Gull

A good blow at the lakes today with a strong south westerly wind and the threat of a shower. Hundreds of swifts, martins and swallows scooping low over the lakes.

Swift.

Sand Martins.

Little Gull.

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Morden Bog – Woodlark

Not so much a bog at the moment but a slightly damp in places heath. The long run of dry weather is having a drastic effect on the bog. The Woodlarks have done particularly well this year with some birds already preparing for a second clutch. The Stonechats have also done really well and the Redstarts and Spotted Flycatchers are now settled in around the cottage.




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Morden Bog – Bits and bobs

Very low water levels on the bog at the moment, the recent rains have hardly made any impression. A Redstart and several Spotted Flycatchers were flitting around the ruined cottages, hard to say if they were just passing through or settling in for the summer.

Woodlark.

Spotted Flycatcher.

Raft Spider.

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Portland – Red-backed Shrike.

Another sunny warm day after heavy overnight rains, which might have persuaded the RB Shrike to linger on Portland a little longer. A lovely little bird much smaller than I expected.



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Poole Harbour – a walk along Studland beach

A really bright sunny day  with a brisk easterly wind. A few stragglers from the recent mass movement of Barwits were splashing through the surf on a unusually deserted Studland beach.




Oystercatchers.

Sandwich tern.

Whimbrel.

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