Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Brownsea Island 21/4/16 Terns, Med Gulls & Reds

Our first ever visit to Brownsea Island.  We boarded the first ferry of the day and stayed on the lower deck for the 20 minute journey as there was a cold wind blowing.  Our aim of the day was to visit the Dorset Wildlife Trust bird hides and reserve and the time we had left we would explore more of the island.  We had a superb days birding from the hides and a walk round the reserve. So good to see and hear Sandwich Terns as well as see our first ever Mediterranean Gull and Spotted Redshanks.  The best view of Red Squirrels ever was around the Wildlife Trust info centre.  The area that we covered was alive with birds and bird song and lovely Spring flowers in a beautiful environment.  Guess what? All our time was spent on the reserve side with no time to explore the rest, we will have to return.
We saw a total of 34 birds including Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Shelduck, Brent Goose, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Avocet, Great Black Backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern, Buzzard, Little Egret, Chiffchaff.

Greenshank and Black tailed Godwit


   Preening Black tailed Godwit

                   Black tailed Godwit

   Whimbrel - fantastic to see this summer migrant

                   Springtime Red

   I can see you! This red had a deformed ear but seemed OK and active


   Promoting the wildlife

                   Mediterranean Gull 

   Striking bold colours on the Med Gull

                   Sandwich Tern - very elegant and agile in flight

   Tern bank


  Black headed Gull - 

                   Spotted Redshank with Black tailed Godwits

                    Spotted Redshank in Summer plumage

    3 Spotted Redshanks - could not believe our luck


   Redshank on a trot

                   Avocet - the graceful one

   Skimming the mud a feeding Avocet


   Bottoms up and crossed legged

                Black and white but striking to see in flight


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