Monday 3rd October – Lytchett and Christchurch   Leave a comment

I offered to show a friend and former colleague, Anne Bunn (different Anne to the one that retired last Friday) some ringing and as today was mutually convenient we met at Lytchett Bay first thing this morning.

It wasn’t the most succesful of visits with only six new birds ringed and three retraps, but at least Anne was able to see seven species of bird in the hand.

Here Anne is modeling a new line in orange wellies..


This Dunnock with a single white feather in the tail is demonstrating an aberrant plumage.

Later I headed for Stanpit, Christchurch Harbour. In the last few years there had been a small autumn influx of Glossy Ibis into the country apparently originating from southern Spain, but few have stayed long in Dorset. The attraction of three together had me heading over to Christchurch, where I had good views, in admittedly difficult light conditions, from the Priory Marsh boardwalk.

Three Glossy Ibis with three Little Egrets, a sign of global warming?


Two ibis showed particularly well...


...but soon took off...


....and landed across the marsh with the third bird.


Stanpit was covered with migrant Meadow Pipits...


...and a few Wheatears and Yellow Wagtails.



Posted October 4, 2011 by gryllosblog in Uncategorized

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