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Harbour Update – posted 31/07/21

Posted on: July 31st, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

A promising rising tide Lytchett Bay late morning harboured 276 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ringed Plover, 30 Curlew (including the returning colour-ringed bird from Hampshire), 7 Dunlin, Common and Green Sandpipers, 6 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and the hybrid Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull. Later in the day, an incoming tide at Middlebere featured 4 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Curlew, 16 Oystercatcher and 17 Shelduck. A juvenile Cuckoo RSPB Arne was particularly showy at RSPB Arne and Ower Bay showcased both Curlew and Whimbrel.

Juvenile Cuckoo – RSPB Arne – @TACbirds (twitter account)


Harbour Update – posted 30/07/21

Posted on: July 30th, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

The strong winds (although westerly) saw a few seabirds moving through Poole Bay. A dedicated watch from Branksome Chine offered 1 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Manx Shearwater and 2 Fulmar. Time visits with strong winds, especially southeasterly, anytime between now and October for a chance to connect with passage skuas, petrels and shearwaters, all species you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere in the harbour area. The Holes Bay Common Redshank count halved on yesterday’s count totaling c.50, bolstered by 96 Black-tailed Godwit, 46 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper at low tide. Last night’s Nightjar walk on Slepe Heath wrapped up a magical end to our series for the year. Again, we were treated to numerous flybys, including one bird that briefly hovered in front of the group, allowing one of our guests to capture a photo of the action in very limited light!

Steve Grundy – Male Nightjar – Slepe Heath Nightjar Experience Walk


Harbour Update – posted 29/07/21

Posted on: July 29th, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Still not much sign of any big passerine passage yet, but more juv Willow Warbler were seen at Arne, Hartland and Greenlands Farm. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 2 Spotted Redshank and 116 Common Redshank. The Arctic Tern was in the Browmsea Channel again first thing and in Brands Bay this evening there were 14 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel and 8 Dunlin. There were 14 Turnstone back on Baiter and the Peregrine family were in and around the Adsa building. There were also 2 Common Sandpiper in Poole Park too.

Redshank flock – Holes Bay – Martin Adams


Harbour Update – posted 28/07/21

Posted on: July 28th, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Another autumn arrival today with an Arctic Tern feeding with the Common and Sandwich Terns in the Brownsea Channel this AM. In Holes Bay the Common Sandpiper was still under the railway bridge and there were 45 Curlew and 78 Redshank out on the mud of the NE sector. At Arne a Great White Egret and 1 Spoonbill were in Middlebere and Ospreys CJ7 and 022 were out over the Wareham Channel again. The Wood Sandpiper was on Lytchett Fields again on the approach pools. On the Swineham Scrapes there were 3 Yellow-legged Gulls and a Common Sandpiper. In Brands Bay there were 7 Turnstone, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper.

Wood Sandpiper – Lytchett Fields – Peter Moore


Harbour Update – posted 27/07/21

Posted on: July 27th, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Its always nice to secure the first Wood Sandpiper of the autumn early on. Although they’ve now become a regular feature of autumn passage in recent years, they can sometimes be a bit sparse with Lytchett Fields almost exclusively hosting most records. The first of the season was indeed at…Lytchett Fields and was joined by 103 Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 60+ Lapwing, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 2 Snipe and 1 Marsh Harrier. A Roseate Tern was seen from the Brownsea Island ferry near the harbour mouth and the 2 adult Curlew Sandpiper were once again on the Brownsea Lagoon with 2 Spoonbill. There were another 2 Spoonbill in Middlebere and the Osprey pair were seen out over the Wareham Channel. In the PCW Drain there was a Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler and 4 Blackcap.
Wood Sandpiper – Lytchett Fields 


Harbour Update – posted 26/07/21

Posted on: July 26th, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

The autumnal gathering of Spoonbill begun on Brownsea today with 2 birds settled on the Tamrisk Island, also logged was 1 Knot, 3 early returning Grey Plover, 45 adult Redshank, 70 Dunlin, 2 Avocet, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 1 Curlew, 15 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpiper. Ospreys CJ7 and 022 were active over the Wareham Channel, 022 seen intermittently displaying to CJ7 with a fish in his talons which was great to see.

Male Osprey 022 with fish over the Wareham Channel – Alison Copland


Habour Update – posted 25/07/21

Posted on: July 25th, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Today’s highlight was easily awarded to a Honey Buzzard that drifted northwest over Oakdale at 4.50pm. Although the local gulls didn’t react, fortunately 2 Crows did, emphasising the rewards of scanning the skyline when alerted by alarm calls and mobbing.


Harbour Update – posted 24/07/21

Posted on: July 24th, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Great news, now is the time to visit Brownsea Island… Dorset Wildlife Trust have reopened their hides overlooking the lagoon and there are plenty of great waders about to observe! Tomorrow morning could be promising too with one final spell of easterlies overnight before a shift westerly as we wave goodbye to these extreme temperatures. CJ7 and 022 continue their inactive around the livestream nest, with the only Osprey sighting that we are aware of in the county involving a bird heading northwest over the Dorchester Road in Broadwey, Weymouth.


Harbour Update – posted 23/07/21

Posted on: July 24th, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Lytchett Fields welcomed the first Ruff of the autumn, along with a Great White Egret, 10 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, Common and Green Sandpipers. Two Osprey were observed from Hyde’s Heath, RSPB Arne this morning. Quality over quantity has remained the overriding theme of these early autumn ringing sessions at Lytchett Bay with Stour Ringing Group, with this morning’s session featuring four Grasshopper Warbler‘s and a Reed Warbler that had previously been ringed in France! A couple of Willow Warbler‘s also moving through added some extra diversity. Last night’s Nightjar walk treated the group to close views of a male flying past the group, as well as late appearances from Kestrel, Hobby and 4 Glow Worms.

Osprey – from Hyde’s Heath – Alison Copland

Great White Egret (with Little Egret & Greenshank) – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam


Harbour Update – posted 22/07/21

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Todays cool breeze definitely helped bring the temperature down, and make life a bit more comfortable. More birds appeared today with 2 Great White Egret in the Middlebere Channel with 3 Green Sandpiper in front of the hide and 5 Greenshank also in the channel. At Holes Bay there were 2 Common Sandpiper with another on Hamworthy Beach. Osprey’s CJ7 and 022 were both seen out in the Wareham Channel and juv Cuckoo were seen at Swineham and Hartland. Also at Swineham were 4 Yellow-legged Gull on the scrapes (3 adult and 1 juv) Hobby were logged over Middlebere, Hartland and Arne and there was a Spoonbill off Shipstal.

Great White Egret – Middlebere – Ken (PennHillMan)

Hobby – Middlebere – Ken (PennHillMan)


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