Magical Morden Bog

May 25th saw the fourth ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ filed trip which took us to the lovely Morden Bog. Ok, so Morden Bog isn’t within the Poole Harbour boundaries, but in May it does offer the opportunity to see great species all in the one area. With the unearthly hour of 07:30 being the start time, I was surprised anyone booked on at all, but sure enough during the weeks leading up to the walk hardy, dedicated and enthusiastic members of the public booked on to what was a brilliantly successful walk.

We met at the Sherford Bridge car park for 07:30 and we were soon heading off across the fields heading for the gorgeous heathland site. We were welcomed by the calls of Yellowhammer, Tree Pipit and Blackcap before we left off and were soon treated to a Woodlark in full song as it flew over our heads and landed aBOUT 40 feet away from the group. Despite the cold, chilly northerly wind that kept a lot of birds quite a Cuckoo followed us around for most of trip, annoyingly we never actually got to see it.  Keeping our eyes peeled for more heathland species we quickly came across a pair of Stonechat busily trying to distract away from a nest site, when all of a sudden a member of the group pointed and said…”what’s that sat on that stick”?  Amazingly lt it was a Crossbill sat not 10m away in front of us, showing no signs of worry as cameras, telescopes and binoculars were quickly assembled to capture the moment.

We then headed for ‘Decoy Cottage’ hoping to find the breeding Redstart but elusive as ever they alluded us, however Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper and Blackcap made up for that…just.  It wasn’t long  after here that we found our first Dartford Warbler intriguingly popping out on top of a gorse bush to see what was going on before dipping back into the gorse. At Morden Park Lake we saw 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gadwall and a pair of Kingfisher. We then made a slow jaunt back to the car park when two Hobby were spotted high over the forest, not giving the best of views, but they were definitely Hobby. Luckily, we did manage to get some better views of either the same two or another pair about 20 minuets later near ‘Decoy Pond’ showing off their sleek slender physique.  All this plus a few more Dartford Warbler, Tree Pipit, Buzzard, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Mistle Thrush, Raven and both Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker made for a very enjoyable walk. Thanks all those who braved the 07:30 start….it was excellent.


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