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May 2016

Harbour Update - posted 30/05/16

Yet another Red Kite was seen, this time drifting low along the Studland Road, heading towards South Haven plus another 2 were seen drifting over Canford Heath at around 11:30am. On Littlesea an unseasonal 11 Great Crested Grebe had formed a small feeding raft. Up on Hartland a silent Cuckoo was busy feeding from a telegraph pole and a Hobby passed over there. 

Although the migration season has now pretty much finished, its still a great time of year go get out and familiarise yourself with bird sound as males are still busy defending territories and others still desperately trying to pair up before its too late. Reed and Cetti’s Warbler at Swineham can be heard in good numbers at the moment, Woodlark are still singing out on the heathland and Dartford Warbler can still be seen and heard display flying. Obviously Nightjar are back and their familiar churring call can be heard just before dark, but see if you can hear any of the other call types they do in-between churring sessions. Out on the Spartina Redshank song rings out and sitting in the hide at Middlebere will currently allow you to encounter this, whilst Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler sing from the scrub woodland behind. And if you’re really lucky you may encounter something a bit different like this male Common Redstart we heard singing at Arne last week. 

Common Redstart - song of 1st summer male - Arne RSPB Reserve - 23/05/16

 

Red Kite - Studland Road - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 29/05/16

Around 14:00 2 Red Kite drifted high east above Upton. Common Tern numbers are now building slowly on the open islands in front of the Lower Hide on the Brownsea Lagoon. 2 Hobby were high above Slepe Heath. 

Harbour Update - posted 28/05/16

Only highlight was a Red Kite that drifted up along Soldiers Road mid-morning. 

Harbour Update - posted 27/05/16

Still pretty quiet in terms of sightings. Lytchett Fields is still hosting up to 60 over-summering Black-tailed Godwit on the high tides and there were 2 Shoveler on site. Nightjar activity is building slowly, but it does seem to be late this year, as was the same for many other summer migrants during April and early May. Amazingly a handful of Swallow and a few Swift are still arriving having been held up by cold weather and northerly winds in the early part of spring. 

Harbour Update - posted 26/05/16

Today’s sightings were mostly normal run of the mill sightings with breeding birds reported most of all. However, there was some evidence of some early return passage/movement of birds with Lapwing at Lytchett Fields, suggesting these are failed breeders from elsewhere that are already on the move, looking for somewhere to feed and spend their summer hols. Nightjars up on Coombe Heath, Arne performed well in the lighter, earlier part of dusk, dazzling as their white wing patches beamed through the silhouettes of Gorse and Silver Birch. Dartford Warbler, Stonechat and Woodlark have all fledged young on most heathlands around the harbour and on Brownsea Common Terns numbers are now beginning to build on the islands in front of the lower hide.

If you’ve never seen or experienced Nightjars before then why not join us on one of our two Nightjar walks this summer at Arne RSPB reserve. The staff at Arne have kindly granted us access to off limits part of the reserve to encounter these amazing birds. For more info or to book on then just CLICK HERE

Nightjar - Coombe Heath, Arne - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 25/05/16

No sign of yesterdays Red-backed Shrike unfortunately, but partial compensation came when an Osprey was seen fishing through the shimmering heat haze in the Wareham Channel mid morning. With easterly winds picking up again some wader passed picked up again with 12 Ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin out on Lytchett Fields, 1 Ringed Plover and 10 Dunlin at Arne and a Whimbrel in Middlebere. The male Marsh Harrier seems to be a good provider as he makes frequent return trips to his female and chicks with talons full of goodies. There was just a single Hobby over Moors today. 

Med Gull nesting on Brownsea Tern Islands

Harbour Update - posted 24/05/16

The day started off quietly but finished with a sparkle when it was discovered that a female Red-backed Shrike had spent some time tucked up in a remote corner of Hartland Moor all afternoon and evening. Until the 1950’s this species could be found on most heathlands of east Dorset... but a decline started in 1951 and was complete by 1962. Todays record is only the 9th Poole Harbour record since 1961. Nightjars on Upton Heath were active at dusk, but activity at sites like Slepe Heath and Arne was limited with just 2-3 birds at each site. Out in the harbour there was a single late Red-breasted Merganser and good numbers of Sandwich and Common Terns out feeding. 

Red-backed Shrike - Hartland Moor

Harbour Update - Posted 23/05/16

Finally there was a bit of quality today when an Arctic Skua was photographed off Shipstal Point, Arne around 7:30pm which by all accounts had spent the afternoon harassing gulls on Long Island. Skua’s in the harbour are a rare event indeed and for one to settle long enough to provide a photo opportunity, even rarer. To give this some context, it’s interesting to point out that over the last 5 years there have been more Black-winged Stilts within Poole Harbour than Arctic Skua! Also off Shipstal was a male Common Scoter. A Cuckoo, 2 Hobby 2 Red Kite and 12 Buzzard were along high over the Moors and along the Arne Road, 2 Tree Pipit were on Slepe heath and there were 2 Redstart at Arne. A likely migrant Marsh Harrier drifted over the Wareham Channel briefly before carrying on west. Around the Sunnyside, Stoborough Heath area 6 Willow Warbler were on territory as were 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Dartford Warbler and a Kestrel. Lytchett Fields was sparse of variety but total of regular birds were still good with 165 Black-tailed Godwit, 117 Shelduck, 5 Gadwall and 14 Pied Wagtail. At Lytchett Heath, there were Bearded Tit on territory within the reedbed and a Hobby passed over there. 

Arctic Skua - Shipstal Point, Arne - Brian Piercy

Harbour Update - 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd May 2016

You’ll have to excuse the ‘lumped’ dates, but info coming through to us has been so limited that news for each day would have barely made it over ‘the one sentence’ threshold. Most info now refers to breeding birds, and birds on territory with very few migrants coming through now. Through Thursday and Friday a few Swallows and Swifts were pushing through still and at the PCW Drain there was a late migrant Reed Warbler passing through. At Holton Lee a Continental type Stonechat is on territory and currently feeding young. At Sunnyside, near Ridge a Cuckoo and Hobby were seen feeding in front of the NE screen. A scan from the Coombe viewpoint should return views of Hobby as they feed out above Middlebere, Slepe and Salterns Copse. At Lytchett Fields a few over summering Black-tailed Godwit continue to feed on the high tide out from Sherford and French’s viewpoints. The heathlands are now home to plenty of Nightjar and a late evening stroll along Soldiers Road, Hartland Moor, Studland Heath, Holton Lee, Canford or Upton Heath on a warm still evening should provide you with churring males and if you’re lucky a sight of one breaking the skyline. 

On Saturday our monthly field trip for May saw us expanded our range slightly, to just outside the harbour boundaries with a visit to Morden Bog. Despite the constant rain, drizzle, murk, more drizzle, bit more rain and a wet welly or two we didn’t actually do too badly with a Woodlark, 1 Hobby, 2 singing (but not seen) Redstarts, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3-4 Tree Pipit, several Stonechat and a Cuckoo.

Continental type Stonechat - Holton Lee - Paul Morton

 

 

Juvenile Starlings - Upton - Paul Morton

 

Swallow - Ridge - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 18/05/16

Our Med Gull story has gathered quite a bit of traction over the last couple of days getting some good press coverage and it appears it may even feature in the Sunday Times this weekend….great stuff!

With a bit more unsettled weather on the way, hopefully they’ll be the opportunity to provide one last drop of migrants before the early-mid summer doldrums kick in. Waders are still on the move, but the easterlies we were lucky to experience over the last two weeks certainly seemed to increase passage through the harbour. At Lytchett Fields highlights were 148 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Great Crested Grebe and a new Whitethroat in. At the PCW Drain, 4 Blackcap were active and a single Whitethroat was there. Over Old Town Poole, a max count of 12 Swift seemed fairly low, hopefully numbers will rise in the next few days. Around the Arne Peninsular Hobby’s were recorded above the Moors, near Middlebere and along the Arne Road.

We’re also thrilled to announce and present the winning entry for our logo design competition set last year. You can read about (and obviously already see) the new winning design by CLICKING HERE, but we’d again just like to say congratulations to Oni Wyatt, the winning designer and to everyone else that submitted entries, it was great fun to host and judge. We hope you like the winning design!

Harbour Update - posted 17/05/16

Toady we sent out a press release which highlighted the illegal egging our survey team discovered on ‘Gull Islands’ within the harbour back in early May. The survey uncovered a mass harvest of Gull eggs including the collection of Mediterranean Gull eggs, a schedule one species that is protected by law. You can read the full story by CLICKING HERE. The survey reported a massive 70% combined decline of Black-headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull nests from an initial survey in 2008 and a 60% combined decline from a repeat survey in 2015. If anyone has any information or sees people out on ‘Gull Islands’, which are situated out in the Wareham Channel then please contact us right away.

Sightings-wise it was very quiet with 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 3 Lapwing and 1 Greenshank at Lytchett Fields. A single Great Northern Diver was off Baiter, out towards Brownsea. From Coombe heath, Arne 3 Hobby were feeding over the reedbed to the west and a Woodlark flew over the viewpoint. 

Harbour Update - posted 16/05/16

Highlights from a very quiet day was a drake Garganey that was found on the main pit at Swineham GP around midday. Other than this, there were 10 Hobby feeding along the Slepe Heath ridge and over Arne Moors with a Red Kite drifting to the south over near Norden/Corfe area. At Lytchett Fields there were 3 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin. Finally there was an interesting report of a Swift species with a white rump reported over Poole Town Centre around 11:30am, getting pulses racing for a short while, but after several vigils were taken up from prominent viewing spots, nothing could be located.

Harbour Update - posted 15/05/16

With the wind swinging round to the north, and putting a slightly uncomfortable chill in the air today bird news was fairly limited. A dedicated count at Swineham carried out by local birder and photographer Peter Moore returned some good counts with 20 Cetti’s Warbler, 53 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler (rare breeders in the harbour), 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Skylark, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Little Ringed Plover on a pool along the River Frome walk. Lytchett Fields today could only muster 5 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin along with 1 Greenshank and 80+ Black-tailed Godwit

Harbour Update - posted 14/05/16

After being flushed by a Buzzard yesterday the Black-winged Stilt returned to Lytchett Fields in the evening after a 31-hour absence from the site. Where it went during this time period is anyone’s guess, but it’s a shame to think it may have been gracing another site with its presence within the harbour totally unnoticed. Throughout the day at Lytchett Fields 80+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 1 Hobby, 12 Whimbrel and a pair of mating Redshank were logged. At Swineham a Cuckoo was calling in the paddocks by North Bestwall House, a single Common Sandpiper was on the newly exposed area of mud bank on at the far end of the main pit whilst out on the mud 2 Ringed Plover were present with 3 Dunlin. The ‘Hobby Fest’ continued in the south of the harbour with no less than 7 hunting closely together over the Slepe Heath/Arne moors area, best viewed from the top of the Slepe Heath Ridge. Also out in the Wareham channel there were 3 Marsh Harrier and evidence suggesting that the Marsh Harrier nest is now active with chicks which is excellent news. 

Harbour Update - posted 13/05/16

An early cold spell gave way to a glorious and sweltering afternoon which saw the Black-winged Stilt and Glossy Ibis put in appearances at Lytchett Fields again, although the Glossy Ibis was seen to head off high at around 9am and wasn’t seen again whilst the Black-winged Stilt was flushed by a Buzzard around midday. Also at Lytchett Fields a single Hobby, plenty of House Martin and Swallow in during the mid-morning deluge, 5 Greenshank and 3 Whimbrel. At Arne a Hobby, Cuckoo, strong passage of Swallows, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Swift and a Marsh Harrier were logged. 

Whimbrel - Lytchett Fileds - Ian Ballam

Harbour Update - posted 12/05/16

After the late night discovery of the Black-winged Stilt last night at Lytchett Fields it was with welcome news that it was re-found this morning, along with the reappearance of the Glossy Ibis which spent the day mooching around all the wet fields on site. With both these southern European birds present on site at the same time it felt rather like the Costa Del Lytchett at times! Lets hope they stick around for a while. There was also a Ruff and Common Sandpiper at Lytchett Fields. From Slepe Heath, looking out across Arne Moors and the Wareham Channel there was a minimum of 9 Hobby hunting at 13:15. Middlebere saw 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, c80 Dunlin and 1 Hobby.

A night recording session from our Listening Station in Old Town Poole from Tuesday night saw another big pulse of Ringed Plover and Dunlin moving right the way through the night. It was surprisingly also our busiest night for Whimbrel so far this spring with no less than 7 birds encountered along with Redshank, 2-3 Tree Pipit, 9 individual Common Sandpiper and what sounded like a decent sized flock too just before dawn, although its most likely there were actually only a 2-3 passing over. Have a listen below and see what you think.

Common Sandpiper Flock - Calls of night time migrants - Old Town Poole Listening Station

 

Glossy Ibis - Lytchett Fields - Martin Wood

Black-winged Stilt - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam

Harbour Update - posted 11/05/16

What a day! Just as we were getting site envy that everywhere else in the country was getting good birds, two come along at once. Diehard patch birder Ian Ballam was doing his usual rounds at Lytchett Fields/Bay when he managed to find the sites first and Poole Harbours 4thGlossy Ibis in the last 6 years. To add to this excellent record, a late dark and foggy evening visit to Lytchett Fields by other patch watcher Dave Jones came up trumps when he found Lytchett Fields 4th and Poole Harbours 9thBlack-winged Stilt. To have these two southern European species at this site at once is quite a unique event, and perhaps a sign of things to come over the next 10-20 years? Also present at Lytchett Fields were 11 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 31 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 1 drake Shoveler, 1 Peregrine and the coot for its third day. At Arne, wader passage was also obvious in the mouth of the Middlebere Channel as 4 Grey Plover, 4 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper, 36 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover and 5 Whimbrel formed a loose flock as 2 Yellow Wagtail passed over and a Cuckoo was feeding along a Coombe Heath fence line. 

Glossy Ibis - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam

 

 

Black-winged Stilt (honestly) - Lytchett Fields - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 10/05/16

wind continues and the murky conditions force birds down. At Lytchett Bay/Fields 2 more Sanderling dropped in with a breeding plumaged Knot, 35 Ringed Plover, 46 Dunlin, c13 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing and the Coot. On the Brownsea Lagoon, it seems that the prospecting Avocets may have decided to move on which is not surprising seeing as one of the adult Yellow-legged Gulls ate one the other day! Also present were 2 Greenshank, 4 Grey Plover, 4 Brent Geese, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and there is late news of a Roseate Tern that was on one of the Tern Islands earlier this week.

Just to let you know we have now swapped the camera on the Brownsea Lagoon to the breeding Sandwich Tern colony. This comes with sound but thankfully not smell!

BROWNSEA SANDWICH TERN WEBCAM

Harbour Update - posted 09/05/16

A rather quite day, but the night was busy with birds. A night recording session from our listening station saw (heard) pulses of Dunlin and Ringed Plover moving right the way through the night, some as individuals and others moving over in the flocks. Also recorded were 2 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher flock, and 1 likely Spotted Flycatcher. During the day, the best at Lytchett Fields consisted of 8 Greenshank and a Coot (very rare there). At Arne RSPB Reserve 2 Hobby were seen hunting over the Arne Road and a Marsh Harrier was out over the Wareham Channel.

 Ringed Plover Flock - Calls of night migrants - Old Town Poole Listening Station

Harbour Update - posted 08/05/16

A warm muggy morning saw lots of midges around, let alone birds, but an early morning effort was rewarded with the harbour’s first Wood Sandpiper of the year at Lytchett Fields. This is the third spring in a row that Wood Sandpiper has been recorded at this site in the spring, where as once upon a year it was barely annual anywhere in the harbour. Also at Lytchett Fields were 3 Hobby, 2 Ruff, 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 9 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover, 194 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler and a nearby Nightjar on Lytchett Heath, Sandy Lane. At Swineham there were 3 Common Sandpiper on the newly cleared area at the far end of the main pit, also 2 Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo and 3 singing blackcap were recorded. 

Record shot of Wood Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 07/05/16

Firstly, a round up of our night recording session from our listening station in Old Town Poole on Friday where quite a bit of stuff was on the move. Most interesting was a series of 56 passerine calls between 1am and 3am which we think could have been Spotted Flycatcher, which fits with the fact there was quite a fall yesterday along the west coat of Britain. Out of the 56 calls, most were very similar, but there were others that were starkly different, so what they were is currently any ones guess. Also recorded were 4 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone, 6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Coot and 3 Tree Pipit. At Lytchett Fields the Ruff remained on Sherford Pools and an Osprey flew over whilst around 10am 3 Red Kite drifted over to the west above the Bakers Arms. From Slepe Heath, 2 Hobby were hunting over Arne Moors and a Cuckoo was on top of the Slepe Heath Ridge with 2 Tree Pipit singing on a nearby heath. There was a late Dark-bellied Brent Goose (presumed injured or ill) off Fitzworth with 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel and a Yellow Wagtail over. According to a surveyor there are a number of Nightjar back on the private Rempstone Site, meaning places like Arne and Slepe should be getting busy with the species soon too. At South Haven a Guillemot and 2 Razorbill were out in the Bay, but best was a Little Tern out fishing with Common and Sandwich Terns. Frustratingly a Black-winged Stilt was reported flying over Morden Bog from the harbour direction meaning it could have been in the harbour somewhere, or at the very least flown over it! 

Ruff - Lytchett Fields - Paul Morton

 

 

Black Redstart - Lytchett Bay (yesterday) - Clive Hargrave

 

Dunlin - Calls of a passing night migrant - Old Town Poole Listening Station

Harbour Update - posted 06/05/16

There was again a nice spread of birds across the harbour today with the highlight being a Honey Buzzard that drifted over Lytchett Fields late afternoon. The quality was already in force at Lytchett Bay when a cracking male Black Redstart was on the Turlin side and 2 Little Tern were out feeding in the Bay. There were also 4 Spotted Flycatcher around the site along with 1 Ruff, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 201 Black-tailed Godwit, 53 Dunlin, 5 Greenshank, 7 Whimbrel, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Yellow Wagtail. At Arne a flock of 13 Grey Plover, 10 of which were in full summer plumage was quite a sight with a cracking male Whinchat. In the Wareham Channel 2 Little Tern were feeding (assumed to be the 2 at Lytchett Bay later), also 3 Marsh Harrier and the long staying Hen Harrier. Up on Ballard a Red Kite headed over towards Swanage and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling. A Hobby and a Peregrine were over the Arne Road. There was also an Osprey seen at Morden Bog by birders watching the Red-footed Falcon. The Osprey was carrying a flatfish, so it was almost certainly fishing in the harbour so well worth keeping an eye out.

Little Tern - Lytchett Bay - Ian Ballam

 

 

Yellow Wagtail - Lytchett Bay - Ian Ballm

 

 

Grey Plover - Arne RSP Reserve - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 05/05/16

The good run of waders continued today with a nice flurry at Lytchett Fields where a flock of 22 Greenshank were present out in the Bay on the low tide, the largest spring gathering of this species. Also out on the fields was the harbours first Ruff with 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Ringed Plover, 17 Whimbrel, 3 Avocet, 7 Dunlin, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank and a Curlew. Non-wader species from around Lytchett Fields consisted of 1 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Swift.

Harbour Update - posted 04/05/16

With the arrival of a Red-footed Falcon in Wareham Forest today, and the next week seeing constant ESE winds its worth keeping an eye out for scarcer species such as Shrikes, Storks, scarcer wader species, Terns etc. It was around this time last year that Poole Harbours 9th Red-footed Falcon arrived on Wareham Water Meadows and the harbours 4th White-winged Black Tern arrived at Swineham GP. Today at Lytchett Bay there was a Cuckoo over near Otter Island, on the Holton Lee side, also 3 Garden Warbler around the Lytchett Fields with 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 18 Whimbrel, 1 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank and 2 displaying Redshank. At the PCW Drain there was 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. At Arne a Nightjar was heard singing briefly and a Cuckoo was on the Coombe Heath side. At Challow Hill a Lesser Whitethroat was singing with a rather subdued Nightingale, 10+ Common Whitethroat, 5 Yellowhammer and 4 Swift over. In the Middlebere Channel there were a minimum of 10 Whimbrel and a single Ringed Plover and 11 Dunlin. And finally, quite amazingly the ringtail Hen Harrier is STILL here. According to records over a 40 year period there has never been such a long staying ‘over-wintering’ Hen Harrier here in Dorset or anywhere else for that matter. 

Harbour Update - posted 03/05/16

With the wind swinging east over the next couple of days we could potentially start seeing a few interesting species show up. On Brownsea the wader selection is still pretty meager but there were 2 remaining Avocet with 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Greenshank, 65 Dunlin 3 Knot and 4 Brent Geese. The Yellow-legged Gulls on Brownsea have also hatched chicks and 2 Firecrest were showing well in Venetia Park on the island. Sandwich Terns are now nesting on the lagoon and Common Tern numbers or are rising slowly. At Lytchett Fields there were 35 Whimbrel, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin and a Greenshank with 2 Whinchat, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat on territory. On the River Frome at the ‘Red Foot’ bridge there were singles of Cuckoo and Whimbrel. At the PCW drain 3 Sedge Warbler were singing. There were 2 Little Tern off Baiter. A night recording session from the previous night produced the listening stations first Tree Pipit of the year. 

Tree Pipit - Call of a night time migrant - Old Town Poole Listening Station

Yellow Wagtail - Lytchett Fileds - Paul Morton

 

 

Whinchat - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam

Harbour Update - posted 02/05/16

The grotty weather certainly helped things along today, especially the arrival of waders. Lytchett Fields and Lytchett Bay combined saw a great selection of waders with 236 Dunlin (the biggest ever spring movement of this species at this site), also the sites only 3rd ever record of Sanderling. Also recorded were 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 28 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail and good numbers of Hirundines feeding over the pools. Swineham GP hosted a 1st summer Little Gull which was hawking over the main pit during the morning, also present were 3 Whimbrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 20+ Swift over the main pit, 4 Sedge Warbler just 2 Reed Warbler, big numbers of Sand Martin and House Martin and Swallow to a lesser extent and Lapwing were displaying over on the Keysworth estate. 

Little Gull - Swineham GP - Peter Moore

Swift - Swineham GP - Peter Moore

Dunlin - Swineham GP - Peter Moore

Harbour Update - posted 01/05/16

Where the heck did April go? It only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming new arrivals and now most are back on breeding territories and spring migration will be over for another year! Still, May is still an excellent month with a lot of potential for nice birds to arrive. The second day of the bank holiday weekend was relatively quiet with a few migrants still dropping in. At Greenland’s Farm there was singles of Whimbrel and Lesser Whitethroat plus 2 Common Whitethroat and 10 Wheatear. In Brands Bay a late Great Northern Diver is still present with 7 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 84 Black-tailed Godwit 10 Dunlin and 2 Common Tern. At Lytchett Bay there were 11 species of wader recorded with highlights being the first Bar-tailed Godwit of the year, also 2 Avocet, 4 Greenshank and 37 Whimbrel. Also around Lytchett Fields was the sites first Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and plenty of Hirundines. At the PCW Drain there was one each of Reed and Sedge Warbler. A night recording session from our listening station in Poole produced just a single Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel and several Oystercatcher.

 Common Sandpiper - Calls of a night time migrant - Old Town Poole Listening Station

Harbour Update - posted 30/04/16

Finally some warmth to the weather, which provided some nice coverage from around the harbour and a good range of birds seen. The Osprey still seems to be hanging around as it was seen heading up the Middlebere Channel mid afternoon with a huge flatfish. There were now 4 Little Tern in the Middlebere Channel too late afternoon. Up on Stoborough Heath a Hobby was struggling to find any form of dragonfly life to feed on, also there a Cuckoo, 2 Woodlark and 4 Dartford Warbler. At Lytchett Fields there were 2 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 1 Lapwing and c50 Black-tailed Godwit with 3 Lesser Whitethroat 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear. At the PC World Drain 4 Garden Warbler were feeding with 15 Blackcap and 2 Whitethroat. Up on top of Hartland Moor 3 Wheatear and a Whinchat were in the Cattle Fields with 1 Swift and 1 Reed Warbler near by. 

Hobby - Stoborough Heath - Peter Moore

Garden Warbler - PC World Drain - Ian Ballam

Little Tern - Middlebere - Peter Moore

Nightingale - Challow Hill - Peter Moore

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