It was the middle of November and it wasn’t raining so a chance to take a trip out down to Arne in the morning. We had a pleasant couple of hours looking around although the birds seemed to be keeping a low profiles as were the Sika deer. Apparently many of the deer had been culled over the summer and there are not so many around. We saw them in two places, just before Shipstal beach there was a large Stag grazing in the marshes and a few hinds in the woodlands close by. We could still hear the stags calling although the rut was probably nearing it’s end.

Sika Stag near Shipstal beach
Sika Stag near Shipstal beach
Sika hind
Sika hind

We also saw a small herd near the Shipstal hide there were a couple of large Stags and some juvenile stags with hinds. They were already in their dark winter coats. It was all quiet, no action from them just quietly grazing although the large stag was keeping an eye out on the edges of the marsh.

Sika Stag with Hind
Sika Stag with Hind
Sika Stag with Hind and juvenile Stags
Sika Stag with Hind and juvenile Stags

Most of the water birds we saw were at a distance, there were Little Egrets in the Marshes and we could just make out the Spoonbills on the sandbank looking towards Poole alongside other birds, Shelduck, Cormorant and Moorhen.

Distant Spoonbills
Distant Spoonbills

As always if there wasn’t much about the Grey Squirrels keep you entertained as you walk through the woodland, they are busy collecting and storing food for the winter so you see plenty of them!

We had a lovely walk it was good to get out for a while.

Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel

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