22 Aug 2022

1 Aug 22 - A Garden Wall

As I got back from a morning visit to Studland, I had brief views of an interesting-looking Butterfly in flight, that landed just outside my garden gate. Initially, I couldn't see it until I got closer, when I realised it had its wings closed. It was a Wall. When it opened its wings, it was a lot more obvious. Fortunately, it didn't flush & allowed me the opportunity to get some photos with the IPhone, as I couldn't get my Canon camera from the house without flushing the Wall.

They are an erratic species in the garden. I saw in Aug 21, but the one before that was May 15. It's good to know they are still around locally.
Wall
Wall

21 Aug 2022

17 Aug 22 - A Brownsea Shoveler

A late visit to the Tern Hide (formally the Mac Hide) on the DWT lagoon produced a close view of this female Shoveler. The nice thing about Brownsea, is I often get closer views than I do on the mainland locally and the chance for some better photos.
Shoveler: Female

19 Aug 2022

17 Aug 22 - A Brownsea Second Brood Brimstone

During a lunchbreak at the DWT villa, it was good to see this second brood male Brimstone fly into the courtyard, land & pose for some IPhone photos.
Brimstone: Male

17 Aug 2022

17 Aug 22 - Brownsea's Colour-ringed Spoonbills

Spoonbills are continuing to build up on Brownsea with increases to the population occurring several times a week. There are now three colour-ringed Spoonbills in the current flock of twenty Spoonbills.
Fifteen of the Spoonbills
Spoonbill: These Spoonbills are NC6U which has been present since 10 Aug at least and NB2V which I've seen for the first time this week (back individual)
I've had an update on Spoonbill NB2V which was ringed as a pullus on 7 Jun 20 at Ouwerkerk, Ouwerkerkse inlagen, Holland and present until 9 Aug 20, after which it was seen at:
  • Wolphaartsdijk, Kwistenburg, Holland on 12 Aug 20
    Middlebere, Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK on 1 Jan 21
  • Long Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK on 13 Feb 21
  • Rye Harbour, Sussex, UK on 1 May 21
  • Walberswick, Suffolk, UK on 6 May 21
  • Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk, UK on 7 May 21
  • Frampton Marsh Lincs, UK on 4, 6 & 11 Sep 21
  • Middlebere, Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK on 31 Oct 21
  • Brownsea, Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK on 17 Aug 22
The travels of Spoonbill NB2V

Spoonbill: This Spoonbill has been present since 10 Aug at least. The rings are left leg yellow over metal over green and right leg yellow over green over yellow flag

17 Aug 22 - A Brownsea Hummingbird Hawk Moth

This Hummingbird Hawk Moth was found on these flowers right next to the DWT villa steps by one of the other volunteers, Vanessa.
Hummingbird Hawk Moth
Hummingbird Hawk Moth

13 Aug 2022

10 Aug 22 - A Brownsea Silver-washed Fritillary

One of the highlights of my regular volunteering Wednesday on Brownsea was this Silver-washed Fritillary around the DWT villa garden which I found as myself & the other volunteers were about to head back for the boat off the island.
Silver-washed Fritillary: Unfortunately, it was a bit worn, but still nice to see given it's only the second one I've seen on Brownsea this Summer

12 Aug 2022

10 Aug 22 - A Brownsea Southern Hawker

One of the highlights of my regular volunteering Wednesday on Brownsea was this Southern Hawker which perched briefly over the main reserve track. There was just enough time for a few photos before it was off hunting again.
Southern Hawker

11 Aug 2022

8 Aug 22 - Osprey Taster

There was a private boat trip this evening as an excuse for a number of local Poole Birders to catch up with ex-Poole birder James Lidster while he was in town. We started with a trip up the Wareham Channel & the Frome & we finished off with a late evening visit to overlook the Brownsea lagoon.

The highlight in the Wareham Channel was sightings of the two local breeding Ospreys, CJ7 and later O22, both of whom dropped in briefly for dinner. They are both good at catching fish & didn't hang around. CJ7 came closer to our boat, but still not as close as we would have liked. Like the two private boat trips in July, it was a very enjoyable evening with even better weather than July.
Osprey: Female CJ7
Osprey: Female CJ7
The Birds of Poole Harbour team will be running a lot of their Bird Boats in Aug & early Sep into the Wareham Channel in the expectation of multiple Osprey sightings & the hope of other sightings including White-tailed Sea-eagles. Obviously, the birds seen & the views are always going to be a matter of luck of the day, but hopefully they will get some good sightings on those boats. A full list of the boat trips they will be running & how to book a trip is on their website.

8 Aug 2022

8 Aug 22 - Brownsea's "Roseate" Spoonbills

There was a private boat trip this evening as an excuse for a number of local Poole Birders to catch up with ex-Poole birder James Lidster while he was in town. We started with a trip up the Wareham Channel & the Frome & we finished off with a late evening visit to overlook the Brownsea lagoon. Five of the Spoonbills decided to cooperate & move to the Castle end of the lagoon for a quick snack before returning for a final pre-roost preen. This provided some nice opportunities for some sunset photos. Like the two private boat trips in July, it was a very enjoyable evening with even better weather than July.
Spoonbills: Enjoying a last snack
Spoonbills: A sunset shot posing for the camera. I've not played around with any of the colour settings on these final two photos
Spoonbill
The Birds of Poole Harbour team will be running a lot of their Bird Boats in Aug & early Sep into the Wareham Channel in the expectation of multiple Osprey sightings & the hope of other sightings including White-tailed Sea-eagles. Obviously, the birds seen & the views are always going to be a matter of luck of the day, but hopefully they will get some good sightings on those boats. A full list of the boat trips they will be running & how to book a trip is on their website.