Trip reports

Septembers trip was to Arne, RSPB reserve

Septembers trip was to Arne, RSPB reserve
Karen Weston

Sunday, 22 September 2019

The forecast for the group's trip to Arne was pretty awful but nearly all the rain was while on the coach travelling to our destination (just one shower at Arne)
Our group spent their time around the heath. The raptor trail had no raptors but did have a dartford warbler with stonechats. The viewing screen had 2 green sandpipers, a kingfisher coughing up a pellet; pintail flew past, wigeon and little egret. The bushes were busy with coal tits, goldcrests, 4 or 5 spotted flycatchers, siskins, chiffchaffs, dunnocks, treecreeper, blue and great tit.
There were a couple of raven showing well. Swallows flew past. In the pond 3 raft spiders were waiting for prey. From the hide a marsh harrier drifted by, an osprey had a very large fish and a buzzard put in an appearance, raptors at last! Curlew, black tailed godwits, redshanks, avocets, dunlin, oystercatchers, shelducks, sandwich tern and teal were on the mud flats. On the walk back a sika deer browsed next to the path aware but ignoring her audience. A redstart briefly showed.
Also seen on the trip were spoonbill, firecrest, nuthatch, green woodpecker and from the coach a white stag.