Thursday, 28 April 2016

RSPB Arne, Dorset 18th & 19th April - Dartfords etc

We paid two visits to Arne one a short afternoon visit only to return the next day at 8:30 in the morning for a full day of exploring the area.  We were able to cover both the walks across Coombe Heath and the Shipstral Trails both areas stunning in their own way.  Sika Deer were seen all across the reserve and we had some great views.  A beautiful vixen came really close to us in the car park. As usual we had some great views of Siskin and Nuthatch from the feeders.  Quite a few Dartford Warblers were seen never keeping still long enough for a good shot.  Not too many photo opportunities but a good amount of wildlife was seen and observed.  This together with the stunning views and unique pine tree and heathland coastal environment makes Arne a special place to visit.
Highlights for Arne were Siskin, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, Black tailed Godwits, SandwichTern, Dartford Warbler, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Brent Goose, Whimbrel, Redshank, Great black backed Gull, Raven, Fox, Sika Deer and an undentified lizard.

This vixen surprised us by getting close in the car park


                   Probably the same vixen seen the following day in the field


                  Siskin in fine colour

    Sika Deer protecting the 'white one'



    Sika - not native but beautiful deer to see

                   Mistle Thrush

    The early bird gets the worm

                  Corfu Castle view

    Dartford Warbler

                  Dartford Warbler a fleeting view 

  Wood ants - quite a few huge nests across the reserve

                  Sandwich Tern


                   Whimbrel from the hide

   The beautiful Wren

                  Mistle Thrush

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