Trip reports


Chris Robinson

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Fifteen members turned up on an overcast Saturday morning in March for a walk around the RSPB Arne reserve.
We first headed south towards Coombe Heath and although the walk was pleasant enough there was not a lot of bird activity on the heath, just meadow pipit and a marsh harrier of any note. When we reached the edge of the heath overlooking the Middlebere Channel, there was a lot more to see with shelduck, teal, curlew, and cormorant amongst others.
From here we headed back to the car park then took the trail northward through Big Wood to the hide over looking Poole harbour. While walking through the wood we spotted woodlark, green woodpecker, red wing (flying) and a tree creeper. At the hide we observed five spoonbill amongst the ducks and waders.
On leaving the hide we walked in an easterly direction towards Shipstal beach and from here we spotted a great northern diver.

Birds Seen:

canada geese, brent geese, shelduck, wigeon, mallard, pintail, teal, red-breasted merganser, great northern diver, great crested grebe, cormorant, little egret, marsh harrier, oystercatcher, dunlin, curlew, red shank, black-headed gull, herring gull, wood pigeon, green woodpecker, woodlark, pied wagtail, meadow pipit, wren, robin, stonechat, blackbird, mistletoes thrush, redwing, great tit, blue tit, coal tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, jackdaw, raven, carrion crow, house sparrow, chaffinch, siskin, bullfinch, spoonbill.