Monday 8th August – Hatch Pond and Lytchett Bay   Leave a comment

Hatch Pond is a small local nature reserve situated by  the Nuffield Industrial Estate, Poole. Over the years it has hosted a number of excellent species, including Lesser Scaup, Purple Heron, Iceland Gull, Marsh Warbler and even an Otter. It is perhaps best known as a reliable site to watch Bitterns in winter and early spring, with up to four being present in recent years.

Unfortunately there wasn’t much to see today, 3 female plumaged Teal, two pairs of Great-crested Grebes being the highlight.

Hatch Pond

 
 
 

The Elborn Cut, made to help the watching of Bitterns in winter. This viewpoint is under the pines on Stinstead Road.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I later visited Lytchett Bay where a Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were the highlights.
 

Lytchett Bay - conservation management in the 'stubble field'

 

Canada Geese landing in the 'far fields'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gatekeeper

 

This Common Seal can be seen hauled out at low tide.

Posted August 8, 2011 by gryllosblog in Uncategorized

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