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July 2019

Harbour Update - posted 31/07/19

Yesterday’s front blew through pretty quickly and another warm day basked us in sunshine. At Lytchett Fields there was still a decent spread of waders with 121 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel and several of Lapwing and Black-tailed Godwit. Last night a Greenshank was on Holton Pools and today 6 Spoonbill were in the Middlebere Channel with c120 Black-tailed Godwit and a Marsh Harrier. On the Brownsea Lagoon a few Common Sandpiper were creeping their way along various sand bars and 11 Avocet were at the back of the lagoon along with the first Curlew Sandpiper of the autumn. 

 Common Sandpiper - Brownsea Lagoon

Harbour Update - posted 30/07/19

 A strong SSE wind was blowing from dawn which prompted a sea watch which produced a few Fulmar, Gannet, Manx Shearwater and Common Scoter. With 250+ Wood Sandpiper in the country a couple of days ago it was only a matter of time until one turned up, which it did at Lytchett Fields this morning. There was also a good number of other passage waders present with 8 Dunlin, 19 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 8 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Whimbrel. Both Ospreys CJ7 and LS7 were out over the Wareham Channel again mid afternoon.

Harbour Update - posted 29/07/19

This morning produced an agonising situation when a potential Pacific Golden Plover was seen briefly at Sunnyside Scrape. This is a species that’s never been recorded in Poole Harbour before, so when a long-legged, summer plumaged Golden Plover species was seen on the ground at Sunnyside this AM the finders pulse began to rise as we never tend to get European Golden Plover in Poole Harbour at this time of year. Sadly the bird only remained on the ground for around 30 seconds before flying off NE, but not before calling twice which also seemed to indicate a possible Pacific Golden Plover. Despite its departure it’s possible it could still be in the harbour somewhere so anyone birding Lytchett Fields, Brownsea Lagoon, Sunnyside and Holton Pools should keep an eye out for this bird.

A ringing session at Lytchett Heath produced a decent pulse of early autumn Willow Warblers along with a handful of passage Sedge Warbler and Blackcap. Just outside our recording area 2 Osprey were seen at Morden Bog as was a single Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Redstart. At Lytchett Fields there were 23 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 8 Greenshank, 70+ Common Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Whimbrel. The Holton Lee Little Owl was on show briefly behind the main cottage and the Asda Peregrine was present on the flats balcony yesterday with it’s dinner nonchalantly tossed to the floor below, only for the public to have to step around.  

Sedge Warbler - Lytchett Heath


Willow Warbler - Lytchett Heath

 Peregrine Falcon - Asda, Holes Bay - Rene Goad

 Discarded dinner below

Harbour Update - posted 28/07/19

Having not hosted a boat trip since our Puffin trips back in June, and having not taken the public up the Wareham River since early May it was great to be back out on the water again today with an eager group for our Mid-Summer Meander boat trip. The undoubted highlight was the soaring of both male and female Osprey CJ7 and LS7 right over the boat, with LS7 giving us a real treat of a fly by in the mouth of the Frome. There was some more Osprey mystery added to the story today though when a video was sent to us of a pair of Osprey on a local nest platform, bringing in sticks to the nest, which we just assumed to be LS7 and CJ7. After all, this is what they’ve both been up to since his arrival on June 12th. However, upon closer inspection of the video we can see that the female in the video is un-ringed, meaning its not CJ7. So, was the male on the nest with her LS7 ‘playing away’ for a few hours and schmoozing with a new girl on the block, or, is there another separate pair now interested in the Poole Harbour area? If so it could mean we have a second male back too. Watch this space as we try and get a fix on what’s going on.

Also from the boat 2 Common Sandpiper were logged in the Wareham Channel, a Peregrine flew over Shipstal, on the Brownsea Lagoon there were 4 Spoonbill, 9 Avocet, 46 Common Redshank, 49 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. There were still plenty of Common and Sandwich Tern active around the harbour too and Seals were seen off Shipstal and in the Piddle Valley.

The first Wheatear of the autumn was at the Sunnyside Scrape along with a Green Sandpiper and several Willow Warbler were in the scrub there. At Lytchett Fields there were 9 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Marsh Harrier and a fresh (early) juv Common Gull.

Harbour Update - posted 27/07/19

A cloudy start soon cleared and the sun came out with a high of 24°C. Brownsea Island web cams picked up a variety of species including; 7 Curlew, 3 Little Egret, 4 Spoonbill, 2 Greenshank and an impressive 105 Dunlin. A peregrine was also seen last thing last night on the Island where the spoonbill often roost, needless to say the Spoonbill disappeared along with most of the other birds! At Arne 7 Willow Warbler were along the Raptor Trail and an Osprey was seen over the Wareham Channel. Out towards Morden Bog another 2 Osprey were seen. Finally a Great White Egret was reported at Middlebere mid-morning. 

 

Harbour Update - posted 26/07/19

With temperatures taking a downward turn sightings are on the up. Lytchett Fields has logged a variety of species including Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, a Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 20 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Egret and, most significantly, a Yellow-legged Gull.

A brief scan around the Lagoon on the webcam picked up some lovely images of c42 Dunlin in flight and mingling with the Common Tern. 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Spoonbill and 4 Avocet were also spotted. Holten Lee has reported Lapwing, Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret.

Harbour Update - posted 25/07/19

Yet again, Lytchett Fields produced the most sightings with a decent haul of passage waders across both fields. Totals included 56 Common Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 19 Green Sandpiper, 48 Lapwing, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher and 21 Teal. At Sunnyside Farm 3 Lapwing, 1 Gadwall, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Little Egret were out feeding on the new and improved scrape. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 12 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 17 Redshank and 32 Black-tailed Godwit. At Middlebere there were 2 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine and an Osprey flew up the channel. A reeling Grasshopper Warbler was heard on Slepe Heath, presumed to be a migrant. At Arne a Spotted Flycatcher was seen and Willow Warbler numbers are picking up slowly with several around the Stoborough Heath/Sunnyside area.

Harbour Update - posted 24/07/19

With last night’s heavy rain and incredible lightening storm it was only ever going to be another really hot day, and sure enough it was. That said, it seemed to get some birds moving last night with a night recording session at Sunnyside Farm producing 1 Curlew flock, 1 Redshank flock, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Common Sandpiper passing over between 10:30pm and 4:00am. There was also plenty of Nightjar activity recorded between Slepe Heath and Sunnyside Farm with loads of contact calls logged during the hours of darkness too. At Lytchett Fields there were 21 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and the 1st returning Snipe of the autumn. An Osprey was seen over the Wareham Channel and another (or the same) was over Holton Pools. At Sunnyside Scrape 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat and c10 Linnet were along the track leading down to the scrape and on the scrape were 3 Lapwing, 1 Gadwall and 1 Grey Heron. A second Wood Sandpiper of the autumn was seen on the Brownsea Lagoon.

Common Sandpiper (and Nightjar) call of night time migrant 24/07/19 @ 0249 Sunnyside

Nightjar contact calls - Sunnyside Farm - 24/07/19 @ 03:35

Harbour Update - posted 23/07/19

A hot and humid day today in the harbour with a high of 29°C and little breeze. Brownsea Lagoon has been quiet with 7 Spoonbill, a Curlew and some returning Redshank have been recorded. A lot of the Common Terns are now resting over on Boomerang Island. At Lytchett Fields from Sherford viewpoint the 1st Wood Sandpiper of the autumn arrived, also there was 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank and a Marsh Harrier were logged.

Our second to last Nightjar walk was an absolute belter with a minimum of 6 seen and multiple birds heard singing. With Nightjar ducking, diving and hovering around us, it was a truly magical experiance on a balmy summers evening. 

Harbour Update - posted 22/07/19

With a mini heat wave due to kick in tomorrow with a steady easterly breeze its now we can begin thinking about the first Wood Sandpipers and Ruff beginning to arrive into the harbour. Sites like Lytchett Fields, Sunnyside Scrape, Holton Pools and of course the Brownsea Lagoon will all begin seeing an increase in wader numbers over the following weeks and with a trickle of North American goodies already filtering into the UK over the 7 days, be on the look out for ‘something a bit different’.

On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 7 Spoonbill, 3 Avocet, 71 Dunlin, 46 Redshank and 1 Peregrine. At Lytchett Fields there were 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper and 40+ Redshank with 2 Whimbrel out in Lytchett Bay. Osprey were seen over Coombe Heath and Holton Lee. At the PC World drain 7 Blackcap and 1 juv Willow Warbler were in the scrub, and despite a late return to the party, it looks as if Swifts have had a good end to the summer with decent numbers now screaming over Old Town Poole, upper Poole (hospital area), Wareham and Corfe.

Willow Warbler (juv) - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam


Spoonbill - Middlebere - Simon Kidner

Harbour Sighting - posted 21/07/19

The Spoonbill have reunited on Brownsea Lagoon with 7 sited. 134 Common Tern and c30 Sandwich Terns were recorded indicating that some may have moved on from the Lagoon or perhaps feeding out in the deeper waters of the Harbour. High numbers of Oystercatcher have been recorded today with 153 in the Lagoon along with 2 Avocet, 6 Little Egret and 6 Dunlin.

Over at Middlebere 6 Curlew, c50 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and 2 Whimbrel were spotted. Lytchett Fields recorded a Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper. Over at Studland a male Common Scoter has been reported in addition to 2 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin.

 

Seen at Poole Park was the usual wildfowl including the Greylag flock, 18 moulting Mute Swans, c70 Mallard Ducks and a Tufted Duck with her 3 ducklings.The Spoonbill have reunited on Brownsea Lagoon with 7 sited. 134 Common Tern and c30 Sandwich Terns were recorded indicating that some may have moved on from the Lagoon or perhaps feeding out in the deeper waters of the Harbour. High numbers of Oystercatcher have been recorded today with 153 in the Lagoon along with 2 Avocet, 6 Little Egret and 6 Dunlin.

Over at Middlebere 6 Curlew, c50 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and 2 Whimbrel were spotted. Lytchett Fields recorded a Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper. Over at Studland a male Common Scoter has been reported in addition to 2 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin.

Tufted Duck - Poole Park

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Harbour Update - posted 20/07/19

The weather soon cleared up this morning leaving us with a few clouds, 17mph SW winds and a high of 23°C. Many of the Greylag Geese in Poole Park have moved on with only c70 seen this morning, however 10 have been seen at Swineham, which is interesting to hear, helping us to get a better understanding of where they head on their travels.  The beautiful song of a male singing male Blackcap was also heard at Poole Park.

Over at Lytchett Bay 3 Willow Warbler were reported and over on the Fields a Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Spotted Redshank were seen. An Osprey, LS7, was also seen over Lytchett Bay heading off over Lytchett Fields whilst another Osprey was also spotted fishing over Middlebere and heading over to Wytch Channel. Also reported at Middlebere was a staggering c400 Black-tailed Godwit and it looks as though 5 of the 7 Spoonbill, normally resident at Brownsea Lagoon, have flown over to join c5 Redshank and a female Peregrine. At Sunnyside Farm, 2 Little Ringed Plover were on the scrape with 5 Green Sandpiper.

Harbour Update - posted 19/07/19

A wet and windy day in the harbour today with strong South-Westerlies, so sightings are few! The Brownsea webcameras are playing up in this weather but from what we can see there are 60+ Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 15+ Great Black-backed Gulls with juveniles, 1 Moorhen with a juvenile, 30+ Cormorant, the late c10 Common Terns pairs are still nesting on the far island from Mac hide (right hand side as looking out) that was previously used by the Sandwich Terns and Black-headed Gulls. 

6 Mediterranean Gull were on Littlesea.

Harbour Update - posted 18/07/19

Redshank numbers are up in Holes Bay as well as other waders. Usual Godwits, Curlew, 5 Little Egret and 6 Spoonbill on Brownsea Lagoon. 2 Little Ringed Plover at Sunnyside Farm Scrape. Marsh Tit juv seen on private residence in around Lytchett Bay and bthere was as Marsh Harrier and single Osprey seen over Middlebere 10AM. At Middlebere there were 4 Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel plus 2 Osprey from Hydes heath, Arne.

Harbour Update - posted 17/07/19

With a high of 23C and SSE winds we have had some interesting report of juvenile Yellow Wagtail on Shell Bay Beach as well as young Redstart. Common Scoter drake seen again in Bramble Bush Bay that was seen back on the 7th July in Brands Bay. Holton Lee webcam captured a Dunnock, whilst over at Lytchett Fields 12 species of wader were recorded including 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank and 5 Little Ringed Plover. Plus 2 Little Ringed Plover at Sunnyside Scrape. Brownsea Lagoon webcams have seen 6 Spoonbill who have spent the majority of their day preening on one of the islands. 8 Avocet, 16 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and c65 Oystercatcher were also seen.

Harbour Update - posted 16/07/19

It’s been a busy day at Lytchett fields today 20 Green Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. A juvenile Peregrine was also stirring up the waders gliding over-head.

The Tern Islands over on Brownsea Island are looking bare, with the majority of Sandwich Tern chicks having fledged. There seems to be several Common Tern sitting on nests again so could this be a second brood/failed first breeders or perhaps they are just late on in the breeding season.

Harbour Update - posted 15/07/19

Things are bubbling up nicely with more waders arriving and a few more migrant passerines beginning to pass through. Today at Lytchett Fields there were 9 Greenshank, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, c40 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Redshank, 57 Lapwing, 1 Curlew and the first juv Med Gull of the season. At Sunnyside Farm 2-3 Green Sandpiper were on the scrape and in the Frome Valley an Osprey headed down towards the Wareham Channel where CJ7 and LS7 were also seen later in the day. Its young birds galore at the moment with final broods of many species all fledging currently including good numbers of Dartford Warbler and there are numerous Mistle Thrush flocks moving around the Arne peninsular. At Holton Lee it's been confirmed there are 2 Little Owls again, begging the question has a new adult moved in or is there a juvenile present, having one sadly dies a few weeks ago. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 6 Spoonbill, 4 Avocet, 2 Greenshank and a couple of really young Common Tern chicks.

Harbour Update - posted 14/07/19

An overcast and muggy day with a high of 22°C. 6 Spoonbill have been reported from Brownsea Lagoon today along with 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 7 Shoveler. Most of the Tern chicks have now fledged.

Poole Park has reported 180 Greylag Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Blackcap, 2 juvenile and 2 adult Blackcap and a Great-spotted Woodpecker

Harbour Update - posted 13/07/19

Gentle North-Westerlies today with more humid weather! Lytchett Fields has seen the nice diversity of waders again with 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover (inc. 2 juvenile), 3 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, also Gadwall, Teal, Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, and Mediterranean Gull. Baiter Park has been visited by a small flock of Oystercatcher.

Brownsea Lagoon has seen some of the recent arriving migrant species, waders such as Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, plenty of Oystercatcher, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Black-headed Gull, also Canada Geese, Shelduck, Moorhen with chick, Great Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, and 6 Spoonbill!

2 Ospreys were seen from Coombe Heath briefly early this AM. 

Harbour Update - posted 12/06/19

A warm sticky day today indicates the midst of summer, however it looks like the autumn migration birds are well and truly settled in, with the first migrant Sedge Warbler of the season ringed at Lytchett Heath seen this morning, along with a selection of locally Fledged young including Cetti’s Warbler and Blackcap. Lytchett Bay Fields recorded 4 Little Ringed Plover (3 of which were juveniles), 7 Green Sandpipe and 3 Greenshank.

Holton Pools reported Lapwings, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret and a high-flying Marsh Harrier. It was also reported last night that two Little Owl have been sighted at Holten Lee again, which is great news.

Over at Brownsea Lagoon, most of the Sandwich Tern juveniles have fledged, however one adult seems to be nesting, interestingly sitting on a large flint stone!  Also reported were 7 Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Spoonbill.

Sedge Warbler - Lytchett Heath - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 10/07/19

There were more signs of dispersal this AM with a minimum of 10 juvenile Blackcap in the PC World Drain, along with 2 juv Reed Warbler too.  At Lytchett Fields there were 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 juv Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Whimbrel was out in the bay. At Arne, female Osprey CJ7 flew over Hydes Heath towards Middlebere, and in Middlebere there was a female Marsh Harrier and 4 Greenshank. At Poole Park 187 Greylag Geese were logged with 50 of the colour-ringed birds logged from two weekends ago.

Harbour Update - posted 09/07/19

An overcast day but still warm with 22°C highs. An Osprey has been seen from Lytchett Fields flying over Otter Island towards Wareham Channel. Another individual was reported from Swineham Gravel Pits along with some House Martin.  Nearby ay Lytchett Bay 3 Greenshank (1cr) were seen the Approach Pool and on Lytchett Heath a churring Nightjar and 3 Reed Warbler were heard.

It was quiet at Brownsea Lagoon today, but a bobbing Common Sandpiper turned up for a short visit. The Sandwich Tern chicks are on the move with most of the juveniles already fledging but not wondering too far from the safety of the Islands.

Harbour Update - posted 08/07/19

It really feels like it could be a good autumn with passage waders already passing through and good numbers of young local breeding birds present. It’s literally just a matter of days before young passerines begin filtering through the area too so keep an eye out for species such as Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler and Pied Flycatcher over the next three weeks. At Lytchett Fields there seemed to have been a mini arrival of new birds today with 2 new Common Sandpiper present bringing the total up to 4 and a new juvenile Little Ringed Plover was present with 4 on site today.  Also there were 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Greenshank. On the Brownsea Lagoon 5 Spoonbill were still present and Redshank numbers are increasing. Also the Sandwich Tern chicks are now fledging one by one, leaving the nesting islands fairly bare during the day before they then return toost there again in the evening. At Arne, 2 Osprey were seen over the Hyde’s Heath area, most likely to be LS7 and CJ7 and 2 Hobby were seen over Hartland.

Finally some Moth news, our Moths of Poole Harbour team caught this rare Scarce Merveille Du Jour at a private site in between the Frome and Piddle valley last night. This species is only encountered about once a year in Dorset, so is an exceptionally good record.

Scarce Merveille Du Jour - Abby Gibbs

Harbour Update - posted 07/07/19

An exciting amount of species seen out in the harbour today; Lytchett fields has reported 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Redshank, 19 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Stonechat, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine and 2 Hobby present before the rising tide. A nice amount of Green Sandpiper were also seen with 16 back at the fields. An Osprey has also been spotted at Arne, Hyde’s Heath Trail at 13.30. 2 were also seen at Morden Bog and 1 also at Lulworth Lake (although not directly in the Poole Harbour area it’s an interesting report). Also at Morden Bog was one of the first Juvenile Cuckoos on the heath. There has also been an interesting nocturnal migration call picked up on the sound equipment in the Piddle Valley with Quail vocalisation recorded at around 2.35am, likely to be the first record since 1993!  Holten Lee Webcam picked up on a Dunnock and over at Brands Bay 97 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel and 3 Dunlin have been spotted. The highlights over at Brownsea Lagoon have been; 7 Curlew, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Spoonbill, 6 Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Avocet.

Harbour Update - posted 06/07/19

With Highs of 26 degrees on the Quay, Holten Lee Pool reported Lapwing, including several fresh juveniles and 7 Black-tailed Godwit and the webcam picked up a Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Goldfinch. Poole Park has seen 9 Tufted Duck and 185 Greylag Geese. If you would like to assist in researching movements of Greylag Geese please report and sighting Greylag Geese with white colour leg rings beginning with the letter ‘U’ followed by 3 letter to pooleparkgreylags@gmail.comOver on Brownsea a Curlew, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Spoonbill, 1 Little Egret, 4 Avocet, 2 Dunlin (new migrants), 10 Gadwall,  3 Moorhen, and 1 Redshank amongst the usual high numbers of Sandwich Tern c250, Common Tern c150, Shelduck c50, Oystercatcher c80, Black-headed Gull c300, Cormorant c40, and Great Black-backed Gull c50. Out over the Wareham Channel 2 Ospereywere seen. 

Finally, we were rewarded with a right result last night when night recording in the Piddle Valley when a Common Quail called as it flew over our mic’s at 02:35am. This is an incredibly rare species in Poole Harbour with the last confirmed singing of a bird in being 1993! There may be more recent records we’re unaware of but it gives you a rough idea of just how scarce they are. Let’s hope the next one drops down and stays a tad longer!

Common Quail - Call of night time migrant - Piddle Valley 06/07/19

Harbour Update - posted 05/07/19

What a beautiful sunny day to take out a survey boat and head down the Wareham Channel to see what we could find. This is important research to document numbers of Summer/Autumn birds and keep and eye on potential threats to populations. The low tide allowed us to record a whole myriad species including a gargantuan 460 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, c90 Curlew, c40 Redshank, c30 Little Egret, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 153 Mute Swan, 10 Reed Warbler and a beautiful Osprey flying over the Channel, likely to be CJ7. Another Osprey was also spotted high over Ridge with a damaged/missing primary on its left wing.  

An additional 2 Spotted Redshank were seen over at Lytchett Fields in summer plumage, also a Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper. The safe shores of Brownsea Lagoon are currently providing a nursery for a variety of chicks and ducklings with 8 Shelduck ducklings, 1 Moorhen Chick, 50 Oystercatcher chick, 218 Black-headed Gull juveniles, 7 Great Black-backed Gull juveniles, 73 Common Tern Chicks and 49 Sandwich Tern Chicks. Also logged were Curlew, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, Mediterranean Gull, 5 Avocet and 5 Spoonbill. Lastly a flash of electric blue from a Kingfisher was photographed at Holton Pools.

Harbour Update - posted 04/07/19

Are you bored of the heat yet? Don’t worry, we’re not really summer grumps, we just enjoy the spectacle of Autumn migration which tends to build quite nicely as July progresses. The main issue from a birders point of view at this time of year is actually blimmin heat haze. Still, give it a couple of weeks and species such as Garden Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and Willow Warbler will be appearing in scrubby habitats around the harbour and the ringers will be catching the first Sedge and Grasshopper Warblers out in the reedbed’s as they move south. Today was a hot and not very productive day for birds, although Lytchett Fields saw another increase in Green Sandpiper and almost 50 Common Redshank. Last night 3 Little Ringed Plover were on Holton Pools and on Brownsea today 6 Spoonbill were still present.

Harbour Update - posted 03/07/19

The first 3 Avocet of the Autumn were spotted at Middlebere this morning. There has also been an increase in waders over at Brownsea Lagoon with 8 Curlew, c10 Bar-tailed Godwit, c5 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Spoonbill. Also seen were 1 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Gadwall along with high numbers of Shelduck and Oystercatcher. Over on the Tern islands the Sandwich Tern chicks have grown in size and are gaining their adult plumage. Although numbers haven’t been as high as yesterday’s sightings over at Lytchett fields, there has been a lovely variety of species recorded today, including some Autumn visitors, with 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank (CR), 2 Common Sandpiper and 6 Green Sandpiper seen. Although there has been sad news of the loss of one of the Little Owls over at Holten Lee, it's a slightly bit of better news that the other individual has been spotted today. 

Harbour Update - posted 02/07/19

A lovely sunny day in the Harbour today with Northerly 8mph winds. Not a lot has been reported today, however Lytchett Fields had a good number of species with 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper, 64 Redshank, 51 Black-tailed Godwit and 32 Lapwing reported. Highlights from Brownsea Lagoon were 6 Spoonbill and some very active Sandwich Tern Chicks desperate to get into the sky! Plenty of Shelduck with their ducklings and c50 Oystercatcher. At Lytchett Bay late evening 2 Great White Egret were out in the bay and on the fields there were 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank and 3 Green Sandpiper. Our Nightjar walk was also a real gooden, with 3-4 Nightjar active around us, also 1 Cuckoo, 1 Hobby, 2 Dartford Warbler, 1 Fox cub and 2 Hares seen. 

Harbour Update - posted 01/07/19

Wow, the first of July…where is this year going? Although I feel we’re partly to blame for constantly wishing the summer away, just so we can see some autumn migrants arrive. Well, the June doldrums are now out of the way, and July heralds the true beginning of Autumn and we’re already seeing things begin to turn. We’re really beginning to think its been a good breeding season with plenty of young birds of numerous species being encountered around the harbour. Young Chiffchaff are already joining Long-tailed Tit flocks and it won’t be long before the first lovely lemon yellow Willow Warblers follow suit too. Today at Lytchett Fields there was an increase in waders again for a third day in a row with Green Sandpiper reaching double figures with 10 in totals, also 3 Little Ringed Plover again, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 52 Redshank, 59 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Marsh Harrier. Osprey’s were seen out over the Wareham Channel and it looks like LS7 was out over Morden Bog too. Sadly we also received a phone call that one of the Little Owl’s at Holton Lee was found dead on Saturday evening. We took it for an X-ray today and it thankfully highlighted no foul play, but did show a badly broken wing and it was very emaciated so could have been hit by a female Sparrowhawk or similar. On the Brownsea Lagoon 5 Spoonbill were still feeding at the back from the Mac Hide and at Middlebere the Great White Egret was seen again and there was also 1 Hobby, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit and 50+ Swallow.

Great White Egret - Middlebere - Keith Rawling


Little Owl - Holton Lee 

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