Trip reports

RSPB Radipole and Lodmoor

Lodmoor RSPB reserve
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Thursday, 14 November 2019

The weather forecast hadn't looked too promising but luckily the rain held off all day and, to start with at least, it was bright and calm. We assembled at the RSPB Visitors' Centre at Radipole Lake where a Red Admiral was taking advantage of the sun by the entrance.
Amongst the usual gull species there were a few Mediterranean and Common Gulls, and a Snipe on the island but due the recent rain, the water level was too high for any other waders around the reeds. A good turnout of 15 members and visitors started down the path and soon had good views of a Marsh Harrier. Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler could be heard and there were a few Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Blackbirds feeding by the track. Bearded Tits had been seen earlier by the concrete bridge but we couldn't find any, however we watched a couple of Reed Buntings feeding on the reeds and some of us saw a Kingfisher fly past.
We walked down to the viewing screen at the north end of the reserve adding a Stonechat and a pair of Bullfinches on the way and a Kestrel on the way back, but again no waders or egrets could be seen from the screens. We returned via the Buddleia Loop and this time did manage to see a few Bearded Tits low down in the reeds, a small party of Long-tailed Tits and some had a brief view of a pair of Cetti's. Back at the Visitors' Centre there were singles of Great Crested and Little Grebe.
About half of us went over to Lodmoor in the afternoon but by now it was getting chillier in a strengthening wind so we walked fairly fast around the reserve. A different Marsh Harrier from the morning was quartering the reedbed, a Sparrowhawk sped past and a Peregrine put up the large Lapwing and Starling flock. Again with the high water level, apart from plenty of Snipe, no waders were found, although we did manage to see a Little Egret - the only one all day.
Between us we saw, or heard, 47 species during the day.
Malcolm