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November 2015

Harbour Update - Posted 29/11/15

Not much to report today other than a minimum of 6 Water Pipit on the Pools Field at Lytchett Bay. Spoonbills were on Brownsea and at Middlebere. So, to make up for the lac of sightings, here is a video of one of the Lytchett Pools Water Pipits.

Water Pipit – Lytchett Pools – 29/11/15

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Harbour Update - Posted 28/11/15

Another blustery day with no let up it seems. Few reports but a Short-eared Owl and Marsh Harrier were hunting over Hartland at dawn and a ringtail Hen Harrier was near the cottages at Middlebere. At Lytchett Fields there were a minimum of 8 Water Pipit around the site plus the usual array of waders and wildfowl. From Middle beach, Studland 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 9 Black-necked Grebe 7 Common Scoter and 2 Razorbill were seen. 

Harbour Update - Posted 27/11/15

Nice to see all three diver species present within the recording area today with a Red-throated Diver off the Houseboats at South Haven with 2 Great Northern Diver and 6 Black-necked Grebe and a Black-throated Diver off Middle Beach with another Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 14+ Black-necked Grebe, 5 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 5 Kittiwake and a Sandwich Tern. From South Haven another Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Merlin. The Smew was seen again off Shipstal Point, Arne. At Lytchett Fields there were an incredible 13 Water Pipit with 10 on the pools field and 3 next to French’s Pools. From a school bird boat 35 Spoonbill were on the Brownsea Lagoon and the dark looking Peregrine, also c300 Avocet, 10+ Spotted Redshank and c300 Dunlin. Out in central harbour Red-breasted Merganser, Goldeneye and Great Crested Grebe numbers are building nicely and a Guillemot was several yards off Poole Quay. 

Harbour Update - Posted 26/11/15

The big low tides are exposing huge areas of mud and sand at the moment, giving wading birds and gulls lots of space and opportunity to feed. In Brands Bay, Arne, Holes Bay, Middlebere and off Baiter good numbers of the usual waders such as Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Dunlin the odd Bar-tailed Godwit and Greenshank could all be seen really easily and in the shallow channels out in central harbour many Red-breasted Merganser, Great-crested Grebe and Goldeneye fed in close quarters to each other. The best bird of the day was a redhead Smew 300m off Shipstal Point, Arne closely followed by a Red-throated Diver which up’d and left, heading towards Poole late afternoon. There were 4 Water Pipit on the pools field at Lytchett Bay, along Slough Lane. From Middle Beach, Studland the Red-necked Grebe remained plus 20 Black-necked Grebe and 7 Common Scoter with another 6 Black-necked Grebe off the Houseboats at South Haven. At PC World there were 7 Common Chiffchaff in the channel and 6 Spoonbill were in Holes Bay north. 

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Harbour Update - Posted 25/11/15

A bit of a slow day with a few odds and sods reported through. Best bird was a Siberian Chiffchaff with c10 Common Chiffchaff at PC World, also there was a Kingfisher and 2 Lesser Redpoll. There were 28 Red-breasted Merganser out in Whitley Lake, Shore Road with 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Goldeneye. At Lytchett Pools there were 5 Water Pipit all together at the back of the field and good numbers of Lapwing, Dunlin and Snipe out on the fields. Out in Brands Bay 20 of the over-wintering Spoonbill were feeding off Jerry’s Point. Via Ian Ballam we’ve also had info back on a colour-ringed Spoonbill that was noted in Holes Bay on the 23rd of November. The bird was ringed as a chick in the Netherlands on the 10/09/06 and has been visiting Poole Harbour annually since the 09/11/07.

 

Starlings of Poole Harbour – A winter roost survey

Each winter many thousands of Starling enter the UK from mainland Europe often forming large evening murmurations in rural, urban and semi-urban areas. Roost sizes can vary greatly year on year, and in this report Nick Hopper focuses on the winter roost behavior during the 2014/15 winter period within Poole Harbour.

Starlings of Poole Harbour – A winter roost survey

 

Poole Park Photo Mosaic

Many of you will have a soft spot for Poole’s favourite park. Over the years it’s hosted some great birds and no doubt you’ve spent some quality time with friends and family around the park grounds over the years.

Poole Park is 125 years old. It is getting tired and needs a refresh so Borough of Poole are currently preparing a funding bid to help give Poole park the refurb it thoroughly deserves. Part of the funding bid relies on community-raised match funding and here is how you can help.

One of the ways they are trying to raise funds is by creating a photo mosaic in the refreshed park. This creates the opportunity for you, your family or your business to have your photos permanently placed in a wider art installation. The photos can be of anything you like, a scenic shot of the harbour, a family photo or of course some stunning bird photos.

Take a look at the link. I hope that it is of interest and that some will support this opportunity to improve the park for people and wildlife.

We’ve already uploaded our photos!

http://www.poolepark.org/

Harbour Update - Posted 24/11/15

As expected, a pretty dark grey, damp day didn’t produce too much but with all the nonsense on the news there’s no better time to get out and enjoy the true beautiful things in life. A Song Thrush in full voice at Upton CP this morning was enough to pick anyone’s mood up off the floor. Behind PC World there were a minimum of 10 Common Chiffchaff and 1 possibly 2 Siberian Chiffchaff. A Red-throated Diver was out in the Brownsea Channel and off the Houseboats at South Haven there were 2 Great Northern Diver and 4 Black-necked Grebe. In Shell Bay a Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-necked Grebe were feeding and 5 pale-belled Brent Geese were off Middle Beach. On the Pools Field at Lytchett Bay there were 2 Water Pipit and in Upton CP two Bearded Tit (male and female) were feeding in front of one of the viewing areas.

Birds of Poole Harbour Logo Design Competition

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Over the next 4 months we are inviting anyone and everyone who has an interest in local conservation and an artistic eye to help us design our official Birds of Poole Harbour logo.

This is a great opportunity to get creative and have the chance to see the winning logo popping up around Poole Harbour. So why not take the chance and have a go at helping us build our presence in and around the harbour by designing our official 'crest'

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Harbour Update - posted 23/11/15

The first real frost of the winter hit the ground (and our cars) hard as crisp and crunchy footsteps broke the silence of a still calm morning. It was once again great conditions for Wood Pigeons as more began to move north in good numbers with 17,785 passing over Lytchett Bay in just 40 minuets. Spoonbills are now focusing on new feeding areas on the low tides with 2 in Lytchett Bay and 9 in Holes Bay often giving incredible views of down to 10 meters, especially by the outflow channel in Holes Bay north. Up at Gleblands, small numbers of finches were moving but it seems a Woodlark is over wintering somewhere with one calling from the ploughed Ballard fields and a Marsh Tit was in scrub at the entrance gate to Glebelands. There were also 2 Marsh Tit at Holton Lee. Off Middle Beach there were 12 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Common Scoter. Out in central harbour, viewed from Shipstal Point, Arne the evening duck/grebe roost consisted of of over 100 Red-breasted Merganser, c50 Great Crested Grebe, c20 Goldeneye and a Great Northern Diver.      

  Spoonbill - Lytchett Bay - Ian Ballam

 

Harbour Update - posted 22/11/15

Today finally saw the first cold, crisp and still morning of the winter, a beautiful day with lots of birds to see. There were two undoubted highlights, the first being from Lytchett Bay when a vis-mig session was being conducted from Lytchett Bay and 2 Penduline Tits passed low overhead calling and disappeared into some scrub. The birds were searched for over the next hour, but unbeknown to the search party the birds had made their way all the way over to Longham Lakes by early afternoon! This was the second record of this species in Lytchett Bay, with one over-wintering in Jan-Feb 1998. Its not inconceivable to think that perhaps with the amount reedbed in Poole Harbour, Penduline Tit could actually be a regular over-winterer but finding them is a different matter. The other highlight was a mass Wood Pigeon movement over the harbour where an incredible 140,618 had flown NW by late morning. At times a huge snake like trail of Wood Pigeons, made up of thousands of birds could be seen stretching across the skyline. This phenomenon is actually an annul occurrence but the volume of birds is very weather dependent year on year. This is the latest (as far as I’m aware) that the Pigeons have decided to move, but with all the grotty, windy weather recently its no surprise they decided to wait for a beautiful still day. Other sightings from around the harbour included 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Great Northern Diver, 25 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Goosander, 10 Common Scoter 9 Spoonbill and 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese around the Studland peninsular. At Lytchett Bay view, just prior to the Penduline Tit excitement a Lesser-spotted Woodpecker passed overhead and 17 Shoveler (a bay record) were counted. There was also a late Swallow over Lytchett Fields. Spoonbill are now using Holes Bay with 11 at lunch time along with several Avocet and good numbers of wildfowl. On Brownsea an over-wintering Common Sandpiper was found and on the lagoon were 10 Spoonbill, 16 Spotted Redshank and a Brownsea rarity…5 Lapwing. Along Shore Road, Sandbanks 28 Bar-tailed Godwit and 14 Sanderling are now feeding on the exposed sand on a low tide, giving views of down to a few meters! The Short-eared Owl was again over the Wareham bypass near the Red-footed Falcon bridge and Marsh and Hen Harriers were noted at Middlebere, Arne and the Wareham Channel. 

Harbour Update - posted 21/11/15

What started off an exceptionally breezy day, actually turned out to be a beautiful cold crisp winter evening. Bird was made very difficult first thing but around 5000 Wood Pigeons tried their best to migrate across the harbour just after dawn. At Arne a Snow Bunting was reported on Shipstal Beach by 3 people but unfortunately couldn’t be relocated. There were 3 separate Short-eared Owls before dusk with one out hunting on Arne Moors (viewed from up on Slepe Heath), another hunting along the edge of Hartland Moor and a third from the bridge on the Wareham bypass looking west (on the opposite side of the road from where the Red-footed Falcon was earlier in the year. A Great Northern Diver was off Jerry’s point. Hen Harriers were seen from Middlebere, Arne’s new raptor hide and Hartland Moor. Also from Middlebere were 2 Peregrines and a Merlin. At South Haven a hard going vis-mig was tried with the best being 3 Brambling north. 

Harbour Update - posted 20/11/15

There was a nice selection of winter species in the harbour today starting with 25 Barnacle Geese flying low east across Littlesea, Studland. A redhead Goosander was on the beach at Shipstal, Arne with a few Red-breasted Merganser. There were 3 Firecrest in a garden in Wareham with another 2 in the Arne car park. In Brands Bay, Studland the Great White Egret appeared, also there 1 pale-belled Brent Goose, 90 Pintail, 3 Goldeneye, 29 Grey Plover, 282 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Knot and 4 Fieldfare. There were 3 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver off the houseboats at South Haven and off Middle Beach 4 Great Northern Diver, 17+ Black-necked Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe and 1 Razorbill. A single Great Northern Diver was off Baiter. At Lytchett Bay 2 Spoonbill were in the bay and 2 Water Pipit were on the fields. 

Harbour Update - posted 19/11/15

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, our team has been away for a short while. Below is a full over view site by site.

Lytchett Bay/Fields

Most interesting was a Kittiwake sat out in the middle of the bay on the 16th, which was the record breaking 158th species to be seen in the Lytchett Bay recording area this year. Between 1-4 Water Pipits are still around the site and a maximum 4 Marsh Harrier have been using the site. 6 Spoonbill have now started to use the bay for feeding, meaning they may also start using the Holes Bay outflow soon.

Brownsea Lagoon

Up to 11 Spoonbill have been using the lagoon, also 13 Spotted Redshank, 40 Grey Plover, 10 Greenshank, 4 Turnstone, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine, c300 Avocet and 4 Knot

Baiter Park

There were 4 Sandwich Tern hunkering down in the wind also 214 Brent Geese, 11 Ringed Plover and 16 Turnstone.

Hartland Moor/Slepe Heath

A minimum of 3 Short-eared Owl were counted on the 16th with 2 hunting over Slepe Heath at dawn and dusk and another over Hartland Moor. The 3 Hen Harrier are still circumnavigating the harbour but are present mostly around Middlebere and Hartland. 10 Marsh Harrier left the west Poole Harbour roost.

Studland/Poole Harbour Entrance

At the harbour on the 18th , 87 Shag flew in with 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Black-throated Diver and 5 Sandwich Tern were fishing. In Studland Bay there was 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Common Scoter, 12 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Razorbill. There were another 7 Black-necked Grebe in Brands Bay. Another Short-eared Owl was noted, this time flying off the sea at South Haven along with 2 Merlin. There were 15 Sanderling and 11 Ringed Plover on Shell Beach. A Red-necked Grebe was off South Beach

Other sites

There were 4 Lesser Redpoll in Poole Park. 108 Magpie flew into roost at Hatch Pond. 2 Firecrest were at Creekmoor Ponds

 

Sandwich Terns - Baiter park - Ian Ballam

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  • Water Pipit - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam
  • Hen Harrier - Middlebere - Ian Ballam
  • Kittiwake - Lytchett Bay - Ian Ballam
Harbour Update - posted 15/11/15

Three days of wind, rain and misery have made birding very difficult, but today was a slightly improved picture. Highlights from the last few days include now 10 Marsh Harrier and 3 Hen Harrier working the Wareham Channel, Middlebere area. A Short-eared Owl was on Hartland Moor. Off Middle Beach, Studland a quick scan found the first returning Great Northern Diver of the winter, 7 Black-necked Grebe and 3 Common Scoter. At Lytchett Bay up to 5 Water Pipit have been seen with the easiest to be seen on Lytchett Pools, along Slough Lane. Also at Lytchett Fields up to 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Spotted Redshank and good numbers of Snipe, Dunlin, Redshank and Lapwing. There were 22 Spoonbill on Brownsea plus 4 in Middlebere where 326 Avocet, 455 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank and a Barn Owl were seen.

Harbour Update - posted 11/11/15

The number of over-wintering, open water species is increasing slowly day by day with a minimum of 50 Red-breasted Merganser out in South Deep (near the inner harbour mouth) and a Common Scoter there too. The Brownsea Lagoon was looking good with 25 Spoonbill, c300 Avocet, c400 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Spotted Redshank and good numbers of the common duck and waders species. At Holton Lee 2 Marsh Tits are regular visitors to the feeding station there where they also had the first over-wintering Lesser Redpoll and a few Siskin. A Great White Egret was in the Wytch Channel and then moved to Middlebere mid morning. A Short-eared Owl posed nicely along the Arne Road on the edge of Slepe Heath. There was also possibly a second Short-eared Owl out in the Wareham Channel early morning. A total of 8 Marsh Harrier left the west Poole Harbour roost at dawn with a possible 2 more appearing from the east around the same time. The 2 ringtail Hen Harriers were active again throughout the day visiting Middlebere, Keysworth, Swineham and Shipstal. At Lytchett Fields 3 different Marsh Harrier were present as were 3 Water Pipit (2 on Lytchett Pools), 65 Dunlin, 154 Lapwing and 101 Redshank. From Middle Beach, Studland there were 3 Common Scoter and 5 Black-necked Grebe plus a Firecrest in Knoll beach woods.    

Short-eared Owl - Arne Road, Slepe Heath - Paul Morton

 

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  • Sparrowhawk - Holton Lee - Paul Morton
  • Pheasant - Holton Lee - Paul Morton
  • Goldfinch - Holton Lee - Paul Morton
Harbour Update - posted 08/11/15

Today Durlston CP saw a massive movement of birds, mainly finches, which was unprecedented to say the least, and not something we would have expected here in Poole Harbour with a strong SW wind. So, we don’t know if any of the birds that Durlston saw passed by/over our Poole Harbour counting areas, but judging on Christchurch Harbours daily report it looks like we could well have seen a good vis-mig count from up at Glebelands. That said, South Haven, Studland was covered but the counts certainly didn’t reflect what was going on elsewhere in the county with only 148 Goldfinch, 461 Linnet, 12 Siskin, 28 Meadow Pipit, 12 Chaffinch and 1 Brambling (Durlston had 468)! Also at South Haven were 2 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Peregrine, 13 Grey Plover, 5 Sanderling, 1 Rock Pipit and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. In Brands Bay there was 1 Merlin, 213 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshank, 13 Grey Plover and 5 Dunlin.  At RSPB Lytchett Fields there were 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Greenshank, 50+ Fieldfare and 3 Goldcrest. At Middlebere the Great White Egret dropped in in front of the hide for a while, also noted were 572 Avocet, 552 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Redshank, 60 Lapwing, 20 Dunlin, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and a Merlin. A night recording session from a listening station in Stoborough produced a really late Tree Pipit, 688 Redwing calls, 48 Song Thrush, 15 Blackbird, several passing Brambling, Bullfinch and Skylark.

Chris Thaine, the DWT Warden on Brownsea has had some infor back regarding one of the colour-ringed Spoonbill that’s been present on the lagoon since mid October.

Colour-ringed Spoonbill B[AE]a/W[AE]– Brownsea Island

It is quite a wanderer and first ringed as a pullus (chick) in the Netherlands in 2006.

It was subsequently seen in France and Netherlands in 2006 and 2007 and first seen on Brownsea in Nov. 2007.

It was in Poole Harbour in March 2008 and France and the Netherlands again later that year.

In Jan and Feb 2009 it was in Devon then Cornwall then again in Devon (Yealm estuary) in January 2010. Briefly in Cornwall (Tamar) the same month then back to France.

October 2010 it was  on the lagoon. December on the Tamar and back in Poole Harbour in Jan 2011.

Since January 2011 all the sightings (in total 18 of them) are from Shiermonnikoog (where it was originally ringed) and Poole Harbour only. It appears to spend April-July at least in the Netherlands and was on Brownsea in Aug 2011, Poole Harbour in February 2012, Sept, Oct, Dec 2012, Jan and March 2013.

April and July 2014 it was back in Netherlands and seen on Brownsea in Oct 2014 and not seen again until turning up on Brownsea again this year.

Great White Egret, Grey Heron and Little Egret in Middlebere - Peter Moore

Below is a recording made earlier this month of a flock of Redwing and Fieldfare flying in over Ballard Down before sunrise. Most thrush species move at night apart from Mistle Thrush it seems, with no records of Mistle Thrush calling at night during recording sessions. The calls of Fieldfare and Redwing as they pass overhead in the darkness has to be one of the best and most magical sounds of the birding year.

 Redwing & Fieldfare passing over Ballard Down before sunrise

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  • Great White Egret - Middlebere - Peter Moore
  • Avocet - Middlebere - Peter Moore
  • Blackbird - Upton CP - Paul Morton
Harbour Update - posted 07/11/15

The blustery wet south-westerlies look set to dominate over the next week (or longer) but today was a tale of two halves with a horrendous morning but actually quite pleasant afternoon and a lovely still night. No surprises that there wasn’t much coverage during the morning but by the afternoon reports started coming through. There was a Yellow-browed Warbler in Nutcrack Lane, Stoborough mid afternoon and a Great White Egret seen at Middlebere. Around the Studland area there were 3 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Swallow and a Firecrest from Middle Beach. In Brands Bay 3 Black-necked Grebe, 61 Great Crested Grebe, 45 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Woodcock and 3 Sandwich Tern were noted. At Littlesea the Great White Egret was seen and there were 5 Common Scoter at South Haven. 

Harbour Update - posted 06/11/15

The less said about today the better. It was wet from start to finish and the long faces of the 11 Spoonbill getting sodden on the Brownsea Lagoon webcam summed it all up!

Harbour Update - posted 05/11/15

The weather really did put a dampener on things with 15 Turnstone and 21 Ringed Plover out on Baiter Park being the only notable new sighting. There were 11 Spoonbill on the Brownsea webcam along with 6 Greenshank. There was a male Brambling at the Arne VC and the ever-present Firecrests. There was a minimum of 5 Black-necked Grebe in Studland Bay. 

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  • Black-necked Grebe - Shell Bay
  • Cormorant - Studland Bay
  • Tawny Owl - Arne Road
Harbour Update - posted 04/11/15

The rain continues to be a wet inconvenience but small bits of coverage from around the harbour still trickle in. A Woodlark was seen migrating over South Haven at dawn. 5 Common Scoter also entered the harbour early doors and a dark looking Peregrine also passed by. A Brambling at Boarder Road brought Lytchett Bays year total up to 157 species, equaling the best ever total for the site. There was also a Firecrest at Lytchett Bay and  good numbers of the usual species out on the wet fields. A Short-eared Owl was out across Arne moors and a ringtail Hen Harrier was seen from Middlebere. There seem to be separate Spoonbill flocks now with birds roosting at Shipstal, Middlebere and Brownsea on the high tides. A Magpie roost at Hatch Pond consisted of 91 individuals.

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  • Firecrest - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam
  • Spoonbill - Middlebere - Ian Ballam
  • Rock Pipit - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam
Harbour Update - posted 03/11/15

Despite the rain and fog there was quite a bit of coverage today. Only 4 Marsh Harrier were seen to come out of the west Poole Harbour roost, however at the same time both a Merlin and Peregrine were sat out on posts on Hartland and a ringtail Hen Harrier was out over the Wareham Channel. Middlebere saw a good haul of birds too with 3 separate Marsh Harrier, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 475 Avocet, 600+ Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Spotted Redshank, 5 Grey Plover and 2 Greenshank. Off Middlebere Beach, Studland there were 9 Black-necked Grebe and 6 Common Scoter, whilst a vis-mig session at South Haven produced 291 Goldfinch, 1+ Brambling, 47 Meadow Pipit and an adult winter Little Gull entered the harbour mouth. 

Harbour Update - posted 02/11/15

Another foggy, dreary day with few reports. RSPB Lytchett Fields was holding its own though with 2 Firecrest, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, a whopping 130 Snipe, 86 Redshank, 36 Dunlin and 106 Black-tailed Godwit. Spoonbills were spread between Brownsea, Shipstal and Middlebere. There’s been no sign of the male Hen Harrier since last week but ringtails were seen at Middlebere and Hartland Moor. 

Harbour Update - posted 01/11/15

The beginning of the month started off very mild and then the dreaded fog rolled in. Still, there was a nice spread of birds. AT RSPB Lytchett Fields there were 2 Marsh Harrier over the fields and 5 Greenshank on the fields, along with the usual spread of common waders and wildfowl. There was also a Merlin there and the first Brent Geese and Great Crested Grebes of the winter (for Lytchett Bay) were out on the water. The Black Redstart was seen again in the allotments on Slogh Lane, Upton and another on the farm building at Arne. At Upton CP and Holes Bay the Goldcrest influx was obvious with birds in almost every bush and tree, also 3 Sandwich Tern and a Common Sandpiper south of the railway bridge. There have also been several comments regarding the Peregrine Falcon that’s been visiting the lagoon in as much that the black hood, dark appearance and all round structure of the bird seems slightly odd. If anyone has managed to get photos of this bird over the last week or two we’d be really interested in seeing them. Up on Slepe Heath there were 4 Lesser Redpoll, plenty of Reed Bunting and a Hen Harrier was seen catching a Water Rail. At Middlebere there were 160 Wigeon, 126 Lapwing, 62 Avocet, 12 Spoonbill, 9 Spotted Redshank, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Chiffchaff

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  • Black Redstart - Arne Farm - Keith Rawling
  • Little Egret - Arne - Keith Rawling
  • Hen Harrier - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam
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