On the 15th April I met friend Ange early in the morning and headed for Blandford. We wanted to walk the river bank in a hope of seeing something interesting. It wasn’t too busy but we did have some interesting views of a few birds. I noticed something on a dead tree in the river and when I focussed my camera on it I realised it was a bird who blended very well into it’s surroundings. We weren’t sure what it was so I had to wait until I got home for identification on The Birds UK Facebook page, A Common Sandpiper. 

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Of course we hoped to see a Kingfisher and after a while we spotted one flying up stream, we managed to find it perched on the other side of the river, it stayed for a while but then disappeared, at least we saw one!

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

It was great to see a male Blackcap in the Blackthorn blossom. I heard it singing and spotted it in the bush, great to have them back.

Blackcap, male
Blackcap, male

Other than that it was very quiet so I spent some time practicing birds in flight on the Black headed Gulls!

After a couple of hours we went into Blandford for a cup of tea and a bite in the Georgian Tearooms, highly recommended and a good finish to our morning.

Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull
Pigeon
Pigeon

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