Been a busy week with two xmas curry's, one xmas batty day, recording a new track for Thee Bryans and the usual slog on top. Met up with Jaffa in Poole harbour on Wednesday for a meet and catch up. It's only about 2 hours from Holly's (must be the nearest coast to us from Oxford).
Poole was pretty good considering we spent most of the day in the cafe and pub. We had a look at Studland's Bay, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver and 40+ Brents. We then went back to the cafe before Brand's Hide for roost counts (too dark for photos unfortunately) - that was pretty impressive; 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver, 34 Red-breasted Merganser, 21 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Black-necked Grebes, 40+ Avocet, 100+ Brents and Barwits, Blackwits, Dunlins, loads of Grey Plover, Knot, Wigeon and Teal, a few Pintails and a Peregrine hunting them at dusk.
Brents over Studland Bay
Otmoor is a bird metropolis at the moment. So much water there and the bird numbers are building up. This morning I estimated 3500 Golden Plover, 2250 Lapwing, 1000+ Wigeon, 350+ Teal and smaller numbers of Shoveler, Mallard, Snipe and also 4 Dunlin in with the Golden Plovers. There's been a few good local birds about recently including Shelduck, Ruff, Curlew and Hen Harrier which I failed to locate - I'll try and give it another go this week. Ebird list HERE.
Golden Plovers and Lapwings (above and below)
Pintail in with Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Lapwing
View over Greenaways this morning