Little Egret numbers have been worryingly depleted in Poole Harbour since December's extended cold snap, so it was reassuring to see 10 together in Holes Bay this morning a short walk from home. I would normally count 12-15 from the train every day before December, so perhaps this number is not far off the pre-freeze norm for this part of the Harbour at least.
A wintering Common Sandpiper (right) was the other highlight, patrolling the rocks on the east shore of Holes Bay. A small flock of Goldeneye, including 2 drakes, were also on the open water, and passerines were represented by Rock Pipit (below), Grey Wagtail and a singing Reed Bunting.
Wigeon and Teal are still present in good numbers, among the many birds which seem to have become relatively accustomed to the stream of joggers, fishermen, cyclists and others who use the waterside path.
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