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Archive for June, 2022

Harbour Update – posted 27/06/22

Posted on: June 27th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

A White-tailed Eagle was in Lytchett Bay this evening, being chased by gulls out over Otter Island, towards the Wareham Channel. A Hobby was hunting in the Lower Piddle Valley near Swineham and another was further up the valley. It seems to have been a great season for Dartford Warbler with many territories across all heathland sites, with juveniles now begining to appear.

Harbour Update – posted 26/06/22

Posted on: June 26th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Again another blustery day, but some stunning photos were taken of some stunning birds. This morning 2 fully summer plumaged Cattle Egret were at Lytchett Fields briefly, both looking as good as they could possibly look. Then, later today the 2 Roseate Tern were again on the Brownsea Lagoon and some more stunning photos were taken of them as they moved between the tern islands. There were also a minimum of 11 juvenile Sandwich Tern at the newly found nesting site at the gull islands in the Wareham Channel with 18 adults present.

Roseate Tern – Brownsea Lagoon – Mark Wright

Cattle Egret – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

Cattle Egret – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

Roseate Tern – Brownsea Lagoon – Clare Slade

Harbour Update – posted 25/06/22

Posted on: June 25th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

A pretty blustery day, but 5 Little Ringed Plover at Lytchett Fields was notable, suggesting some autumn passage was underway, or certainly some local movements. The 2 Roseate Tern were seen again on the Brownsea Lagoon and there was a Spoonbill on there too.

Roseate Terns – Brownsea Lagoon – Nicki Tutton

Harbour Update – posted 24/06/22

Posted on: June 24th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Last nights Nightjar walk spectacular (as Nightjar sightings often are) with multiple Nightjar dancing around our group at Slepe Heath and even landing on small pine trees next to us. The event started well too with views of female White-tailed Eagle G801 out across the Wareham Channel and also male Osprey 022 seen catching a fish in the mouth of the River Piddle. We have more up and coming Nightjar walks planned for the next five weeks, so to book on CLICK HERE. Today there were now 3 Roseate Tern on the Brownsea Lagoon and 4 Spoonbill. At Lytchett Fields Green Sandpiper numbers have already increased to 4 and there was also an early Common Snipe back on site there. Out in the Wareham Channel 8 Great Crested Grebe were on the water and A Great White Egret was again at the top end of the channel near Giggers Island. Sadly yesterdays visiting male White-tailed Eagle has disappeared already and gone back north, but a pass over Red Kite at Swineham was a token substitution.

Harbour Update – posted 23/06/22

Posted on: June 23rd, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Some good news today that a new White-tailed Eagle arrived into the harbour, this time a male and was briefly seen flying over Swineham with what was assumed to be the other White-tailed Eagle, female G801 who’s been around on and off since March. Also in the Wareham Channel was a single Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 11 Curlew and a flock of 6 Lapwing. In Middlebere there were 2 Spoonbill. Last night we hosted another Puffin Cruise and were treated to great views of 3 Puffin, as well as good sized rafts of Guillemot and Razorbill, with close fly by of Gannet. Then, when we got back to the quay 2 Peregrine were on top of the large crane, 1 juvenile and an adult.

Atlantic Puffins – Dancing Ledge – Alison Copland

Northern Gannet – Durlston – Rene Goad

Harbour Update – posted 22/06/22

Posted on: June 22nd, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

The highlight of today’s sightings are 2 Roseate Tern that have put in an appearance on Brownsea Lagoon, dipping in and out of the Sandwich Tern colony. 1 Spoonbill was seen again in the Middlebere Channel this morning. There was 1 Red Kite reported over Lytchett Bay this afternoon, and it’s been great news to hear that the Lytchett Bay View has been granted Local Nature Reserve status. After the arrival of Green Sandpiper this week, it was only a matter of time before we saw the first Spotted Redshank of the “autumn”, with one seen on the Brownsea Lagoon yesterday, looking stunning in its summer plumage.

Yesterday’s Puffin and Seabird Cruise was fantastic, with perfect weather conditions for venturing up the Jurassic Coast. We had several close fly-bys from Mediterranean Gulls as we passed Durlston, with one distant Gannet also visible. There were high numbers of Guillemots also at Durlston, with several Fulmar also visible on the cliffs.  At Dancing Ledge, we saw 4 Puffin, as well as fantastic views of Razorbill amongst the Guillemot rafts, and 6 Kittiwake on the cliffs. We were also able to confirm breeding Peregrine success at Durlston, with a juvenile visible with the male on the cliffs, as well as another individual at Old Harry.

Roseate Tern – Brownsea Lagoon – Nikki Tutton

Spotted Redshank – Brownsea Lagoon yesterday – Hamish Murray

Harbour Update – posted 21/06/22

Posted on: June 21st, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

Late info from yesterday, 2 more early Common Sandpiper were on a mooring in the Frome near Swineham and Lapwing breeding was confirmed in the Lower Piddle Valley near the mouth of the River Piddle with 4 chicks present. On Ballard there were 2 Yellowhammer. 

Yellowhammer – Ballard Down


Harbour Update – posted 20/06/20

Posted on: June 20th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

After the first report of Green Sandpiper for the “autumn” yesterday, 2 were reported at Lytchett Fields today, along with building numbers of waders including 11 Lapwing, 6 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher and a Little Ringed Plover. In Brands Bay the over-summering 4 Brent Geese were still there and there were 13 Curlew and 14 Black-tailed Godwit. There were no reports, however, of the Common Sandpiper seen yesterday. Early this morning at Lytchett Bay an Osprey was seen fishing, which isn’t the usual hunting spot for 022. It’s possible this was a newcomer in the area, or perhaps just a quick change of routine for 022, as the bird then headed to the Wareham Channel to continue hunting, which is where 022 favoured last year. It’s miraculous how often 022 has been hunting lately without being seen, so it’s nice to hear of a sighting. After a power cut in the night, we also had to reset our Osprey webcam this morning, which means there is a new link to the camera that can be found here.

We’re still in full swing with our Puffin and Seabird Cruises, with 3 running this week. We have a couple of tickets still available for our cruise tomorrow evening, which can be booked here.

Distant Osprey hunting – Lytchett Bay – Ian Ballam

Harbour Update – posted 19/06/22

Posted on: June 19th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

With the summer solstice only a couple of days away and day lengths beginning to shorten as of Wednesday it seemed fitting that the first autumn migrant of the season was logged today in the shape of the first Green Sandpiper arriving back at Lytchett Fields. This is a typical (if not slightly late) date for the first ‘Green Sands’ to appear. However, what was a bit more unusual were 2 Common Sandpiper, also at Lytchett Fields. The first ‘Common Sands’ often don’t tend to start heading south and arriving into the harbour until mid-July so it could be that todays were failed breeders. At Bog Lane a male Cuckoo was on the valley edge and a Spotted Flycatcher was also there. It’s been confirmed that Corfe Peregrines have fledged 1 chick which by the looks of things has recently departed the nest, although still hanging out around Corfe Castle. Another sign that some birds are moving were a small party of Crossbill over Rempstone heading south. These are likly to be local breeders, but in June and July, Crossbill start moving having finished their breeding season several weeks ago and are now in search of new feeding grounds.

Spotted Flycatcher – Bog Lane – Garry Hayman

Great Tit (juvenile) – Middlebere – Mark Wright

Harbour Update – posted 18/06/22

Posted on: June 18th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

A perfect evening for our latest Puffin Cruise last night. Conveniently, a Puffin was sat on the water close to Durlston Head meaning we didn’t have to trek all the way to Dancing Ledge. This meant we got to spend more time at the Guillemot and Razorbill colony at Durlston where there was also Gannet flying close to the boat and several Fulmar were hiding away, nesting on the cliffs. There was also a Peregrine high on the ledge at Ballard.

Gannet – Durlston Head – Mark Wright (Twitter – @markwright12002)

Puffin – Close to Durlston Head – Mark Wright (Twitter – @markwright12002)

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