|Little Egret, Holes Bay - several seen during our day out|
|Smew - present in Holes Bay first thing Saturday but not later when we completed our circuit of Poole Harbour|
|Spoonbill - a bit of a banker species - this fine adult was at Middlebere, another young bird was at Holes Bay|
|Dunnock: low hanging fruit for the photo year list (#74)|
|Greenfinch: ditto (#75)|
|A stunning drake Wigeon in Holes Bay|
|Marsh Harrier gave a close flypast at Middlebere|
|Hen Harrier was not so obliging, but still good to see|
Me: 'So the plain backed wader with the long straight bill is a Black-tailed Godwit, while the smaller one with red legs is a Redshank; not that one though that's a Spotted Redshank as it's paler grey with a finer bill and longer legs...'
Nige: 'I'm not sure I'll ever get the hang of these waterbirds. I'm pretty determined not to try'.
Me: 'You really haven't got the hang of this birdwatching thing yet, have you?'
|Green Woodpecker, Studland (#76)|
|Mediterranean Gull, Studland|
|Purple Sandpiper, Sandbanks (#77)|
|Avocet. 'Nice and easy, Nige: black and white, upturned bill, same as on your RSPB Birdspotters Book'|
|'Also nice and easy: Curlew, long de-curved bill, and speckly on the back.|
|Black-tailed Godwit (#78): 'A bit trickier this one - straight bill, plain back in winter, not to be confused with Bar-tailed Godwit, which has a similar bill but back more like a Curlew and...' Nige: 'Whatever.'|