|Wheatear - one of few migrants at Durlson this morning|
A yomp around the park also produced precious little. I say yomp as there are two theories on how to best to cover a regular patch: mooch around slowly carefully checking everything; or blast around quickly to cover more ground. This morning Hamish definitely subscribed to the former, with me puffing along behind. Preference depends, I think, partly on how good a birder you are and how well you know your patch - Hamish doesn't miss much, and knows every bush, so will generally spot anything even at such a canter.
|Peregrine is a reliable at Durlston even if there is not much else around|
Back on home turf at Swineham this evening, however, I was free to mooch around at duffer's pace. In doing so I felt vindicated when my leisurely circuit coincided with that of two Marsh Harriers, one really close to the path at the end of the pits.
|Marsh Harrier at Swineham|
A few Avocet at the mouth of the River Frome hinted at the change of season, but apart from a large flock of Long-tailed Tits it was a pretty quiet evening. A promising looking muddy pool left over from the heavy rainfall in July is drying out fast - a shame as I reckon I have seen 9 species of wader there in the last few weeks (Wood, Green and Common Sand, LRP, Redshank, Greenshank, Blackwit, Lapwing and Snipe) and missed a couple more whilst on holiday (Spotshank and Ruff). Fortunately, some autumn rainfall should soon be along to top it up.
|Long-tailed Tit at Swineham|