Friday, 20 March 2009

Studland and a Goldcrest in the garden

This little Goldcrest has been outside my kitchen window in this Silver Birch tree quite a bit lately, if you click on the picture you can see his gold crest. Lovely little bird.
As it was such a great day weatherwise today , my son and I went down to Sandbanks and left our bikes there and got the ferry across to Studland. This is the chain ferry we took which only takes a few minutes to get to the other side.

Once on Studland beach you can walk for miles alongside the sand dunes and look out to sea. We started off walking along the beach for about 1/2 mile then went off on a path through the dunes to the heather covered heathland.

We eventually found ourselves back on the road so crossed it and after another walk ended up here on one of the beaches which was deserted apart from us. We spent a happy hour sat on the beach, Ed listening to music on his ipod (Bob Marley) and me bird watching and doing a watercolour. I saw a pair of Red Beasted Mergansers which I have never seen before, an Egret and several Brent Geese. The headland in the above picture is Jerry's Point which is not that far from the ferry but I think we went a very long way round! The mass of land behind is the south-west side of Brownsea Island (where Autumn watch came from last year).

Walked to the National trust cafe to enjoy a tasty bagette and a cup of tea and then back through the dunes, following a path that was not easy to follow due to lack of signs and trying to dodge the many nudists sunbathing in the dunes. They all seemed to be men of a certain age, didn't see any women...and why do they need to stand up when anyone comes near them!!!!
The above water is called Little Sea and until 1880 was open to the sea but since then the dunes have closed it off and now it is a freshwater lake.

Eventually made it back to the ferry after a walk of about 7 miles! Feet up now!


happyone said...

Nudists!? Isn't it a bit cold yet! :-)

Sounds like a nice day spent with your son and looks like a great place to take a nice long walk.

Goosey said...

Hi Happyone...Well you would think it was too cold but apparently not!

Bovey Belle said...

Laughing at the nudists Goosey - exhibitionists or what?! I loved seeing the "floating bridge" as we used to call the ones which crossed the Itchin from Woolston to "town".

Joe said...

Hi Goosey,

Nice to hear you are seeing a Goldcrest visit frequently at the moment. We have had one visit the garden fairly recently, and I have seen them outside at school, believe it or not! I didn't get a photo of my sightings though. They move so fast!

Tricia said...

Ooooh now your pictures really bring back happy memories Goosey. Spend quite a few holidays in that lovely area.

I'm trying to fit in a 2/3 day break in that part of the world before too long.

How lovely to have a Goldcrest visiting.

oldcrow61 said...

Looking at the beach there has me dreaming of summer. Our beach is still full of snow.