Latest Sightings

Harbour Update - posted 16/01/20

To say today’s urban bird walk was blustery would be an understatement. The winds were fierce and the rain drenching. But the birding was fantastic! The recent storms meant large numbers of birds were seeking shelter in the harbour and a relatively calm Poole Park produced superb views of a juvenile Great Northern Diver, male Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Goldeneye. Another Great Northern Diver was recorded distantly off Baiter Beach. Turnstone could be found along the Quay, with many feeding among the large flocks of Brent Goose, Starling and Oystercatcher on Baiter Park. Smaller numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit Redshank and Greenshank were also feeding at Baiter. An enjoyable visit to PC World Drain this morning produced c10 Chiffchaff, including one in full song and the Siberian Chiffchaff showed very well, calling twice. The Lytchett Fields Water Pipit was still present long with the 4 Spotted Redshank at Middlebere. This monrning saw 16 Spoonbill feeding out in Wareham Channel and a ringtail Hen Harrier quartering over Arne Moors. With huge auk movements off Portland Bill in the last few days (c30,000/hour early morning on 13th and min. 50,000 yesterday) there may well be big movements elsewhere along the Dorset coast. A seawatch from Branksome could be very fruitful…

Red-breasted Merganser - Poole Park - Clare Slade

Siberian Chiffchaff - PC World Drain - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 15/01/20

Our School Bird Boat today capitalised on the recent stormy weather, picking up 15 Great Northern Diver mostly around the harbour mouth, Brands Bay, South Deep area. The trip didn’t visit any of the northern shoreline or Wareham Channel which often holds several more, so it is possible that 20+ individuals could currently be in the harbour at the moment. Let’s see how many Divers we can pick up off Baiter on our urban guided walk (leaving BoPH HQ at 10am tomorrow).

Lytchett Fields continued to hold 2 Water Pipit and 1 Rock Pipit in front of French’s Pool Viewpoint, along with 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank. 1 Spotted Redshank and 23 Dunlin. The Wareham Common Siberian Chiffchaff was still at base of Northwest Walls in ditch by River Piddle. A total of 5 Goldeneye and a Red-breasted Merganser on Poole Park Lake while a very wet Sunnyside Scrape produced Gadwall new in. The Morden Bog Great Grey Shrike was again observed west of Decoy Pond this morning.

Harbour Update - 14/01/2020

Rough waters today as Storm Brendan comes in. From the DWT bird boat there were reports of Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and Common Scoter in the harbour, as well as ~15 Spoonbill at Shipstal Point. The highlight was a Black-throated Diver south of Brownsea Island, near Furzey Island pier. This will be the first Black-throated Diver on record in winter in the harbour.

Elsewhere, 1 Knot and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit reported at Baiter Park. The Siberian Chiffchaff on Wareham Common is still present.

Harbour Update - posted 13/01/20

The day (very briefly) started with a bit of sun, but by sunset a force 8 storm had rolled in battering our office on the quay. Still, there were a few decent sightings including some great views of both Marsh and Hen Harrier hunting out in front of Holton Pools with a Water Pipit on the scrape there too. At Lytchett Fields there were a further 4 Water Pipit along with 4 Green Sandpiper, 235 Lapwing and 2 Greenshank. Just outside the harbour the Great Grey Shrike was again at Morden Bog. Off Baiter the 2 Great Northern Diver were still present but a bit distant.

Harbour Update - posted 12/01/20

Juvenile male and female Hen Harriers were quartering between Swineham & Arne Moors mid-afternoon. Middlebere held c450 Avocet, 120 Lapwing, 78 Redshank, 34 Curlew, 27 Shelduck, 4 Spotted Redshank, 2 Pintail and good numbers of Teal & Wigeon. A Firecrest showed well in the brambles outside of the hide. A flooded Swineham Point offered 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Redshank, c50 Redshank, 2 Mute Swan, Snipe, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and c150 mobile Lapwingover Keysworth Point. The Morden Bog Great Grey Shrike was again to the west of Old Decoy Pond this morning.

If you’re thinking of birding over the next week, why not join us on a free guided walk. Next Thursday we are exploring the often-overlooked wonders of Poole Quay, Batier and Poole Park. Then Friday we work Holes Bay NE to learn about the harbour’s winter visitors whilst enjoying views of Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Pintail, Wigeon and more. More details of our events can be found here.

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