Another day of changeable weather looked every bit as if rain could be a feature, but for the best part it stayed off. Once again the 'truck' was at my disposal so to take full advantage I headed for the Poole Basin, first stop being Upton Country Park. The few birds on offer threw up Robin, well into double figures, Blackcap trying to catch up with them, lots of Shelduck and Gulls otherwise
which was a Dorset Year Tick,
a Day Tick (no, don't worry we're not going there)
and a few WIGEON (male)
(female) also a County addition.
were fantastic value as the stop also produced c2
apart from a pair of Blackbird with fledged young there was nothing else of interest so onward to
soon turned into c2 dozen which also increased the Dorset tally,
was an addition to both lists.
Some of today's images are from the archive.
and finally, if like me you thought yesterday's image by
was 'off the scale' then try this for size!
As the name suggests must rarer than its close relative which
is 'resident' in Great Britain, the stronghold being East Anglia.
On the other hand this species is believed to be an extremely rare natural immigrant to our shores. However, the dozen or so sightings could be the result of immature stages being accidentally imported, or releases of captive-bred stock. This species was figured as a British species as early as 1710. The first authoritative reports of a capture were from Clapham Park Wood, Bedfordshire, in 1803 and from Netley, Shropshire in 1822.