National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Across the water

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The morning ferry crossing to Studland is always a good opportunity to start the day with a bit of birding. So despite the gloomy skies, I came in to work this morning cheered by the various coming and goings. Common terns have joined the Sandwich terns now, feeding at close range, and a pair of shelduck arced overhead. A herring gull flew past trailing a large piece of vegetation from its bill and an oystercatcher and a cormorant low over the water. Small birds too with swallow and greenfinch heading north
A hoopoe (24th) at Greenlands was an excellent find for a local birder. Wintering in Africa, these migrants sometimes overshoot their Mediterranean breeding areas and land on our coasts. Despite being a colourful bird, they can be surprisingly difficult to spot until they take flight, flashing black and white patterned wings.

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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