A Frustrating Few Days

On Thurday work took me to Poole with a drive alongside the harbour although not much use at six in the morning at this time of year. On the way back to Swindon, good views of the lake at Blashford but nowhere to stop for a look. Then coming out of Salisbury many gulls to be seen at the Old Sarum pig farmbut again nowhere to stop. Saturday was a trip to Plymouth. Headng into the city along the water again it was dark and heading out later on the other side of the road there is nowhere to pull-in. On the long haul along the A38 and M5 it was Buzzard time with around thirty birds seen. Back home a late afternoon dog walk at Barbury Castle got a couple each of Kestrel and Stonechat but no sign of any Short-eared Owls. Today we went down to Christchurch to visit my son. After a nice breakfast at the Hiker Cafe we had a walk at Hengistbury Head. Not proper birding but managed a decent although small list. The sea was quiet with a small raft of Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and a few Cormorants. Waders seen in the harbour were Curlew, Redshank and Blackwit. on the journey home a roadside Great White Egret at Sopley was a nice sighting. I managed a short stop at the Tern Hide at blashford and managed to find a Yellow-legged Gull and was put onto the Pink-footed Goose by a local birder. Unfortunately there was no sign of either of the regular Water Pipits. While I was in the hide my wife gave the dog a short walk, during this she was moaned at by two birders who informed her that dogs are not allowed at Blashford. At the entrance to the main site there are no dogs allowed signs, however on the Tern Hide side of the road there are no signs either at the entrance or in the car park. A look on the website confirms no dogs are allowed so maybe they need to put another couple of signs up to let people know. I have e-mailed Blashford Lakes to clarify the situation.

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