Latest Sightings

Harbour Update - posted 13/08/18

Things are still ticking along nicely at the moment with autumn migration, and although a bit slower today, there’s no doubt that over the coming weeks we’ll experience some really nice ‘falls’ of birds right across the harbour. This morning migration through Ballard was a bit slower with only 21 Sedge Warbler, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Whitethroat logged. At Lytchett Fields there were 21 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank, 105 Lapwing, 38 Dunlin and a Whinchat again. The Purple Heron at Littlesea seems to be going nowhere fast and came into roost at 20:50 at the southern end of Littlesea. In Middlebere there were 2 adult Osprey and 6 Spoonbill on the high tide. Out over the Wareham Channel another (or the same) 2 Osprey were fishing at dawn along with a single Hobby and Marsh Harrier.

Harbour Update - posted 12/08/18

Today was pretty grim but after this summers heat wave it was nice to see such a sustained period of rain and despite the damp there was some good coverage around the harbour. Out in Poole Bay a flock of 20 Gannet fished for most of the morning best viewed off Studland Beach. In Middlebere there were 6 Spoonbill, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Curlew, 4 Common Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Grey Plover, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper and an Osprey with the first Wigeon of the autumn also logged. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 14 Curlew, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Greenshank, 21 Avocet, 19 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 7 Sanderling, 192 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone and 497 Oystercatcher. On Lytchett Fields both the Curlew Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper remained and there was a general increase in other wader species with 37 Dunlin, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ringed Plover, 8 Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank, 21 Common Snipe and there was a single Whinchat too.

Dartford Warbler - Hartland Moor - Nick Gadeene

Harbour Update - posted 11/08/18

Highlights from today included 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 40 Redshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Snipe and 15 Pied Wagtail at Lytchett Fields. At Middlebere there was an adult female Osprey, 5 Grey Plover, 306 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Avocet, 6 Spoonbill and a juvenile Oystercatcher. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 5 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 67 Common Redshank, 23 Ringed Plover, 150+ Dunlin, 14 Sanderling, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Avocet, 8 Curlew, 1 Knot and along the north shore 21 Common Sandpiper at Seymers. At South Haven there were 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Garden Warbler. Up on Ballard 24 Willow Warbler, 61 Sedge Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Tree Pipit were logged moving through the site.

Wood Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields - Graham Jaggard


Harbour Update - posted 10/08/18

Waders were the main feature of the day with another nice spread across the Holton Pools/Lytchett Fields area with a Ruff and 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat on and around Holton Pools and 1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 adult Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 60 Lapwing on Lytchett Fields along with several new juvenile Black-tailed Godwit fresh in from Iceland. At Middlebere there were 6 Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Hobby and 1 Osprey along with another Osprey over Lytchett Bay. In the Wytch Lake there were 6 Greenshank and on Baiter 13 Turnstone were back.

Wood Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields - Shaun Robson

Harbour Update - posted 09/08/18

Yet again there was a big push of passerines moving through the harbour this morning with Sedge Warbler being the most prominent species. Now is also the best time to try and see species such as Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Common Redstart and Common Whitethroat on migration and a good search through scrubby areas of Ballard and Studland Village, Littlesea, Greenland’s Farm, Middlebere, Arne, Soldiers Road and Hartland Moor should reward you with a nice mix of species. At Ballard Down this morning 152 Sedge Warbler, 31 Willow Warbler, 13 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Garden Warbler and 12 Common Whitethroat were logged moving through the area and at Lytchett Fields 78 Sedge Warbler, 19 Willow Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Garden Warbler were logged. Lytchett Fields there was a good mix of birds including 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and a Whinchat. On Holton Pools there was sadly no sign of the Wood Sandpiper but there were 2 Green Sandpiper and the usual clan of Little Egrets. In Middlebere there were 6 Spoonbill, 6 Greenshank and 2 Osprey.

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