Latest Sightings

Harbour Update - posted 15/10/19

The Osprey has been seen numerous times over at Holes Bay again today, settling on Pergins Island and circling the bay. A Peregrine, a Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail were also spotted here.

PC World Drain has seen a nice variety of species with c30 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher and 4 Goldcrest recorded. Baiter Park also had Black-tailed Godwit and Meadow Pipit Movement.

A spotter on Coombe Heath Trail (Arne) logged Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing whilst over on the path to Middlebere; 7 Bullfinch, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Reed Bunting, increased Thrush numbers were observed.  55 Spoonbill were also recorded off of Shipstal and a Great White Egret seen at Middlebere.

A foggy start for the Brownsea Webcam but once cleared c20 Curlew, c30 Dunlin, Redshank, c50 Avocet, c20 Black-tailed Godwit were seen.

Harbour Update - posted 14/10/19

Would you believe it…rain! It’s getting a bit boring now and we want those northerlies to kick in so the Redwing and Fieldfare can begin to arrive! The constant SW winds are certainly keep vis-mig migration at bay currently. That said, it seemed something tried to get going this morning with a number of Linnet and Meadow Pipit starting to move. At Lytchett Fields a single Spotted Redshank was on the fields along with 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 19 Common Redshank and 4 Grey Wagtail the highlights. At Holton Pools 3 Crossbill were in trees just behind the hide and at Fleets Corner c30 Chiffchaff were feeding in the Sycamores along the channel trying their best to look like a much rarer relative. In Brands Bay a single Osprey was present along with 1 Great White Egret, 3 Brent Geese and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Harbour Update - posted 13/10/19

A drizzly start to the morning but some afternoon sunny spells brightened up the afternoon today. Brownsea Lagoon recorded several wader species including c16 Curlew, c44 AvocetBlack-tailed GodwitDunlin and Redshank and several duck species including TealShoveler and Wigeon.  

Merlin was seen chasing Meadow Pipit at Middlebere whilst over at the hide a Great White Egret, c350 AvocetBlack-tailed GodwitGrey Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Redshank, 19 Lapwing, 8 Swallow, 10 Pintail and abundant and Teal and Wigeon were spotted.

A sea-watcher at Branksome Chine saw 6 Manx Shearwater, 2 Juvenile Kittiwake and a Gannet, whilstthe Osprey that has been spotted this week is still on Pergins Island, Holes Bay. The Peregrine has also been spotted at Asda (Holes Bay).

Not a lot recorded at Lytchett Fields with only a Redwing logged. 1 Mediterranean Gull and 218Oystercatcher at Baiter Park today.

A Merlin was seen chasing starlings at Swineham Point and plenty of Black-tailed Godwit were feeding on the Frome and Piddle Flood plain. Sunnyside Scrape has very high water levels with TealGadwall, 2 Little Egretand 5 Blackcap.

Harbour Update - posted 12/10/19

It’s been a bit of a rainy one again so we didn’t have loads of sightings come in today, though we had some excitement with a Grey Phalarope feeding for most of the day on Brownsea Lagoon, along with 2 Curlew Sandpiper still and including the other regular waders and wildfowl.

We’ve had sightings of Little Egret from the Quay, Brownsea Lagoon and Middlebere, as well as a Great White Egret at Lytchett Fields and another in Brands Bay.

At least one Osprey is still present in the harbour, with a sighting in central Poole Harbour from the Brownsea boat and over Holes Bay again.

A low tide count at Lytchett Bay saw 77 Avocet, 152 Wigeon, 4 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 100+ each of Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Peregrine.

Great White Egret - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam


Harbour Update - posted 11/10/19

Yet again, Holes Bay delivered on Osprey sightings. Today a single bird was observed on Pergins Island early afternoon. A wet and windy trip along Hamworthy beach this afternoon produced a feeding flock of 33 Turnstone and 5 Oystercatcher.

Spotted Redshank frequented Holton Pools today along with the more common waders. Brownsea Lagoon featured good numbers of waders and wildfowl. Highlights included a flock of 80+ Avocet with several feeding very close to the hides with GreenshankRedshankTeal and Shoveler.



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