Breakfast at Hengistbury Head

Not the only reason for going to Hengistbury Head again but worth the drive is the Monster Breakfast at the Hikers Cafe. Sets one up for the day what! Brekky1Obviously a good walk is then needed to work it off. On a beautiful morning birds were a little thin on the ground with just Linnets and Stonechats of note on the ascent. At the top I got sight of my first for the year Sand Martins and a little later on the Barn Field my first Wheatear. Again it wasn’t a birding day so not much else was noted.

Later on a walk all the way to Boscombe Pier only added Kestrel to the list. Before setting off for home a stop was made at Cowards Marsh, a site I had not heard of until I saw  that there were three Garganey present. Having found the site quite easily the other birders there told me that they hadn’t been seen for a fair while. Having left the rest of the family in the car I couldn’t stay long but managed to see Pintail, Lapwing, Little Egret, Redshank and my first Common Sandpiper of the year. On the road back to Ringood a Swallow was seen perched on telegraph wires. My fourth year-tick of the day.

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