August 2019

Harbour Update - posted 31/08/19

With a sunny start to the day, temperatures reaching 21°C and a light breeze. A good number of sightings with our Osprey boat heading out to Wareham Channel spotting a mighty 6 Osprey, 2 Marsh Harrier (mobbing one of the Osprey), 2 Mediterranean Gull (1 Juv.) and building numbers of sinensis Cormorant. Middlebere observed a Wheatear, 1 Osprey, a Peregrine, c300 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 juv Little Gull and a Great White Egret.

Lytchett Fields recorded 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat, 1 Hobby, whilst over at Lytchett Bay 12 Greenshank and a Marsh Harrier were seen.  

Brownsea Lagoon 21 Spoonbill, over c600 Oystercatcher, c10 Shelduck, 20 Knot, 23 Ringed Plover, 1 juv Garganey, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank whilst over at Brands Bay unusually reported 1 Osprey (no ring) and also 1 Hobby, 2 Greenshank and a Knot.

Over at Poole Park just 1 lonely Greylag Goose is remaining along with 5 Tufted Duck, 14 Coot and 5 Moorhen. Reports also came in from Baiter Park of 22 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover, a Dunlin and a Common Tern. In Creekmoor a Pied Flycatcher was in a private garden.


Harbour Update - posted 30/08/19

A sunny, crisp start to the morning, great conditions for our Osprey Cruise. The boat headed over to the Wareham Channel where they had good views of 2 Osprey over at Arne, 2 over  Lytchett Bay and 1 attempting to catch a fish at Swineham Gravel Pits before then heading off back towards Arne. There were also several Hobby logged with 2 over Swineham Gravel Pits and 2 over Arne hill. On the return journey we passed the Brownsea Lagoon and saw 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 19 Spoonbill, a Peregrine, 1 Common Sandpiper and plenty of Sandwich Terns. 14 Curlew were also seen on the Brownsea Webcam.  

Other Osprey sightings came from Middlebere, Brands Bay, Lytchett Bay and Holton Lee.

The first Hen Harrier of the autumn was seen over at Slepe Heath, along with a Pied Flycatcher at Swineham and a Great White Egret at Middlebere with another Pied Flycatcher seen on Coombe Heath, Arne and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Over at Lytchett Fields 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 11 Green Sandpiper, 108 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat and 14 Greenshank were seen along with 4 Spoonbill in Lytchett Bay. In Holes Bay the Wigeon number rose to 20 and at Sunnyside Farm there were 7 Yellow Wagatil with 2 Redstart along Soldiers Road. Finally a Black Tern was seen in central harbour between Poole Quay and Brownsea. 

Little Ringed Plover - Lytchett Fields - Shaun Robson

Curlew Sandpiper - Brownsea Lagoon - Stephen Menzie

Common Sandpiper - Brownsea Lagoon - Stephen Menzie


Harbour Update - posted 29/08/19

Today’s venture into the Wareham Channel on our Osprey cruise delivered 6 Osprey. We were thrilled to see 3 of our young birds from the 2019 translocation project exploring their new surroundings!

An influx of Curlew Sandpiper was documented about the Harbour with 4 juveniles observed at Lytchett fields and a further 2 on Brownsea Lagoon accompanying 22 Spoonbill.

Wigeon made an early return to the harbour, with 16 eager birds observed at Holes Bay this morning. Hartland held a small handful of passage passerines including 1 Common Redstart and 2 Wheatear.

Harbour Update - posted 28/08/19

This really is an exciting time of year with new birds turning up all the time. Today on the Brownsea Lagoon a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was with c100 Dunlin and 18 Spoonbill. At Arne 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 12 Willow Warbler, 1 Redstart and 1 Osprey. At Sunnyside Scrape 1 Hobby was having a ding dong with a Sparrowhawk and there were 2 Whinchat on the wires. On Hartland there were several Yellow Wagtail at Hartland Stud along with 2 Whinchat, 1 Hobby and 1 Redstart. At Holton Pools 12 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank and 1 Redstart were counted. Today we also re-started our Osprey cruises which saw great views of several more with one flying right past the boat and a couple more fishing out in the Wareham Channel. Also logged were 3 distant Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, several flocks of Common Tern heading high out of the harbour following the river Frome. Other Osprey sightings saw 2 in Middlebere, 1 catching a fish in Lytchett Bay and another flying over Holton Pools. We’ve also been sound recording night migrants in the Corfe Gap these last few nights with mixed success but another Ortolan Bunting was logged last night flying over our listening station at 11:25pm last night. The previous night saw us log 117 bird flying over using a thermal imaging piece of kit which was a revelation in understanding some of the conditions and the totals of birds moving on certain nights when we’re all tucked up in bed.

Ortolan Bunting Call of night time migrant - Corfe Gap 27/08/19 @ 23:25

Migrant Osprey seen from Osprey Cruise - Stephen Menzie

Harbour Update - posted 27/08/19

Yet another busy day around the Harbour. Incredibly, the Harbour’s third Wryneck in three days was picked up along Hyde’s Heath path, Arne. However, this was not the only star bird of the day as a Wood Sandpiper was also recorded at Lytchett Fields joined by 18 Greenshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, c70 Redshank, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 6 Willow Warbler and c50 Yellow Wagtail.

Passerine passage at Ballard down this morning included 7 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellowhammer and 2 Yellow Wagtail. A large flock of 131 Mediterranean Gull was also logged on a nearby field. Hartland recorded singles of Redstart, Whinchat, Whitethroat and Merlin along with more numerous Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and Blackcap. Neighbouring Soldier’s Road picked up 2 Tree Pipit and another Redstart. Sunnyside Scrape saw a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 5 Yellow Wagtail and another fly-over Tree Pipit. At South Haven, Studland there were singles of Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 4 Whitethroat. 

The Wareham Channel delivered on birds of prey with numerous sightings of 5 Osprey along with 3 Marsh Harrier and a juvenile Peregrine. Middlebere channel saw 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 4 of the 21 Spoonbill recorded on Brownsea Lagoon. A further 2 Great White Egret were still present at Little Sea, Studland following the initial sighting yesterday evening.

Harbour Update - posted 26/08/19

Lytchett Bay continued its good form with a juvenile Ruff seen this morning. The migrant wader was accompanied by 13 Yellow Wagtail, 1 juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 2 Spotted Redshank and 3 Spotted Flycatcher along the lane towards the fields.

Our Osprey cruises continued to delight with at least 6 Osprey observed along the Wareham Channel once the atmospheric fog lifted. A Scottish female (with a blue ring on her left leg) was seen perched right on the edge of the Channel sitting out the fog also offered splendid views. The 3 Black Tern spotted on the cruise two day previously made a second appearance on today’s trip.

The Harbour’s second Wryneck of the autumn was observed along scrub the in gap between Ballard Down and Nine Barrow Down. The same location recorded Osprey, Redshank, Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat all passing through.

Harbour Update - posted 25/08/19

What a difference a change in wind direction makes! The epic day began with a ringing session at Lytchett Heath unveiling 1 Wryneck, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Redstart. An excellent start to an eventful Sunday only beginning to unfold! Our fourth Osprey cruise then set off into the Wareham channel providing delightful sightings of 6 different Osprey, including at least one juvenile and various adults. On top of the excellent views of hunting Osprey, other species encountered included 3 Arctic Tern, c10 Common Tern, c20 Sandwich Tern and 1 Common Seal. A scan of Brownsea Lagoon to end the fruitful cruise produced 18 Spoonbill and 25 Avocet.

By the afternoon things were really cranking up. The Harbour’s third record of Tawny Pipit was heard calling over Hartland Moor, 400m west along the tramway opposite the Middlebere parking lay-by. The same site recorded movement of Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler and 2 Redstart. Sunnyside scrape is becoming increasing productive with 6 Wheatear, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Whinchat all observed. A slender ringtail Harrier sp. flew west at Upton Country Park at 14:30 – given the time of year and current wind direction the last two days, Montagu’s Harrier is a serious candidate.

Wryneck - Lytchett Heath - Terry Elborn

Harbour Update - posted 24/08/19

A spectacular Osprey Cruise was had today with up to 6 Osprey and over 30 species seen throughout the cruise. As we headed out of the Harbour we saw a flock of Greylag Geese heading out from Poole Park, perhaps off on their migration to locations elsewhere outside the harbour. Plenty of Common Tern were seen perched up on the buoys and cruising over the water. A Great Crested Grebe was seen as we headed further towards the Wareham Channel and soon after 2 Osprey were spotted in the distance, flying towards in the direction of their feeding ground. It wasn’t long before we spotted an individual flying closer to us as we reached the Wareham Channel and we were treated to watching this beautiful bird of prey diving and grabbing a fish in full view of a boat full of spectators, providing an epic display and fantastic photo opportunities. Over the next hour we saw a mix of adults and juveniles, with juveniles watching over head to pick up on the feeding skills from the adults. To top this amazing trip off we saw 3 Black Tern, one flying right over the top of the boat, 3 Spoonbill feeding, c200 Black-tailed Godwit, a raft of sinensis Cormorant feeding, Dunlin, Knot, a Little Egret, 2 Buzzard and 3 Common Seal hauled out on the mud!

Finally, we set off back towards Brownsea Lagoon where we saw Spoonbill (c18 confirmed on the Webcam), 6 Avocet and 3 Curlew, rounding off a mind-blowing Cruise. Hopefully the upcoming Osprey Cruises will be just as fruitful!

Osprey were also recorded at Lytchett Bay, Holes Bay and Arne throughout the day. From Middlebere hide 1 Marsh Harrier 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 3 Spoonbill and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Sunnyside Scrape logged singles of Redstart, Whinchat, Green Sandpiper and several Yellow Wagtails. Adult and Juvenile Hobby were recorded across Arne and Corfe River Channel.   

Harbour Sighting - posted 23/08/19

A beautifully sunny day today with Highs of 23°C. Brownsea Lagoon was busy with c20 Dunlin, c600 Oystercatcher, 12 Spoonbill, 8 Avocet, c20 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank and c10 Gadwall5 Osprey were seen from our Osprey Cruise this morning, mostly around Wareham Channel and Middlebere area. Also from th boat were c300 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier and 4 Common Seal. 1 Peregrine was also seen looking for a meal over Brownsea Lagoon but was chased off by a feisty SwallowHolton Pools saw 1 Green Sandpiper and a Reed BuntingWhat looked to be a Stork species was seen over the Wytch Channel at dawn heading towards Lytchett Bay, but was sadly lost in the fog.


Harbour Update - posted 22/08/19

Today we hosted our 1st Osprey cruise of the autumn and it was a corker. Within 10 minutes of starting the trip we had an adult hunting out over Arne Bay before another 3 were then seen further up the Wareham Channel. Another then flew out across to Arne before we then later picked one up fishing along the Holton shoreline. Just as we exited the Wareham Channel the best view of the morning came when a fresh juvenile which had originally been cruising over Arne Bay then came and passed right over the boat and headed towards the quay. All this within the first hour! Other reports of Osprey today came from Holton Lee, Poole Town Centre and Middlebere where there was also 5 Spotted Redshank new in, 3 Whimbrel and 1 Greenshank. From our Osprey boat we also logged 2 Hobby having a tag team battle against 2 Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier cruised along Arne Moors and 12 Spoonbill were on the Brownsea Lagoon. We also had a large low tide in the Wareham Channel where c200 Black-tailed Godwit and a flock of 24 Knot were feeding. Sandwich and Common Tern escorted us around the harbour with noisy juveniles still food begging from adults and sinensis Cormorant numbers are building. At Lytchett Fields a Yellow Wagtail was on the fields and a few Tree Pipit passed through the Corfe gap at dawn.

There are still places available on our boat trips next weekend so if you’re looking for something to do to see out August then come and join us for what we hope will be another Osprey-tastic morning out -

Harbour Update - posted 21/08/19

Another productive day in the harbour today with lots going on. The main highlight was the harbour’s (and the UKs) first Ortolan Bunting of the autumn which was sound recorded at night flying over/through the Corfe Gap at 4:30am. It was a good night for night recording despite the crystal clear sky which also saw 1 each of Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin and Redshank logged, also a small Common Tern flock, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipit, 10 Robin, 2 flycatcher sp and 1 Little Grebe. Hopefully this means the flood gates are open and we’ll begin recording plenty more of these species.

This morning we also hosted our first Osprey watch event at Ham Common viewpoint, Rockley which was a great success with 4-5 different Osprey seen, including three at once for several minutes. Our team were set up with telescopes and binoculars for visitors to use and the good news it we’ll be there again next Wednesday morning so why not join us. Or, if you can’t wait until then to see an Osprey our Osprey cruises are running from Aug 24th to Sept 1st and for full booking details CLICK HERE.

Elsewhere in the harbour an Osprey was on the Middlebere nest platform for a lot of the day, and was even seen nest prepping/stick moving later in the afternoon which suggests CJ7 may not be the only interested female in town. In the Wareham Channel there were 328 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpiper in the mouth of the Frome. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 12 Spoonbill and 2 Arctic Tern were in a large gull flock off Arne. At Sunnyside Farm a Hobby dashed past the scrape viewing screen and a Yellow Wagtail flew over the cattle field. Marsh Harrier’s were seen over Giggers Island and at Holton Pools where a Kingfisher was on he sticks too.

Harbour Update - posted 20/08/19

If you thought yesterday was Osprey-tastic, then today was Ospre-ndulous! A grand total of 4 Osprey were seen together circling over Wareham Channel. Numerous sightings were also recorded once again across Holten Lee, Lytchett Bay and Middlebere.

A grand afternoon on Brownsea Lagoon produced 1 Curlew Sand, 1 Knot, 226 Dunlin, 11 Greenshank, 102 Redshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Avocet, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Turnstone, 5 Ringed Plover, 12 Spoonbill, 1 Wheatear and 2 Peregrine. Several butterflies were also recorded including 1 Clouded Yellow & 3 Painted Lady. The water levels on the Lagoon are looking superb at current - offering incredible views of common wader species.

There were ‘Groppers’ galore on Lytchett Heath at the ringing session this morning. The record day saw a count of 32 Grasshopper Warblers!!

Sedge Warbler - Lytchett Heath

Grasshopper Warbler - Lytchett Heath

Harbour Update - posted 19/08/19

It was Osprey-tastic again today with numerous sightings around the Middlebere area with 2 different individuals seen with fish and another couple out in the Wareham Channel, and with our Osprey cruises coming up at the end of this week and most of next week the new arrivals couldn’t have come at a better time. SEE HERE FOR BOOKING INFO.

Find of the day goes to a summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe off Jerry’s point which is about 2 months early, but we won’t grumble. At Lytchett Fields there were 14 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, another Osprey, 2 Tree Pipit overhead, 1 Hobby, 13 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper. In Brands Bay only singles of Grey Plover and Whimbrel were logged. At dawn a Barn Owl was sat on the Middlebere hide and there was a Peregrine on the Brownsea Lagoon.

Harbour Update - posted 18/08/19

Osprey were recorded all over the western side of the Habour today with numerous sightings logged across Holten Lee, Lytchett Bay, Wareham Channel and Middlebere. An impressive 3 Osprey were seen at the same time over the Wareham Channel at midday. Mid-August to early September can be the best time to try and spot Osprey about the Harbour as migrants stop off to refuel before continuing their migration south for the winter.

Spotted Flycatcher was also of note at Holten Lee this morning and the Studland Black Tern was still present at the same location as yesterday. A Hobby was hawking over both Coombe and Hyde’s Heath at Arne while the ASDA Peregrine was observed perching on the supermarket this afternoon.

Harbour Update - posted 17/08/19

Studland saw the Harbour’s first Black Tern of the Autumn. The bird was seen feeding between Redhorn Quay and Jerry’s Point this morning. Moving further north, Lytchett Bay punched in with another decent wader count including 8 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 76 Redshank, 41 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshank, 9 Dunlin and 2 Spotted Redshank. Singles of Whimbrel, Hobby and a Marsh Harrier along Sherford River were also logged. An additional 2 Hobby were recorded at Morden Bog.

Continuing with bird of prey roundup, a single Osprey was recorded at Middlebere, again favouring the dead trees. Other sightings from the channel include 2 Greenshank, 2 Curlew and singles of Dunlin and Green Sandpiper.

Harbour Update - posted 16/08/19

A dreary day out in the Harbour today with 19mph SSW winds. Before the rain set in 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Redshank, 10 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, c70 Redshank and a Snipe were seen at Lytchett Bay.

An Osprey was photographed perched next to a nervous looking Pigeon from the Coombe Heath hide at Arne.

A brave birder surveyed Brownsea Island today and recorded several wet looking individuals including 122 Redshank, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Greenshank, 271 Dunlin, 75 Ringed Plover, 10 Avocet, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 293 Oystercatcher, 14 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 10 Spoonbill, 60 Cormorant, 6 Moorhen, 3 Sandwich Tern, 37 Common Tern, 48 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 61 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Shoveler, 12 Mallard, 16 Gadwall, 14 Shelduck and 48 Teal.

In Middlebere 7 Grey Plover flew over and another 3 landed in the channel plus a Green Sandpiper was on the pool in front of the hide with a Greenshank out on the mud. A juvenile Marsh Harrier also flew by.

Harbour Update - posted 15/08/19

Pleasantly long sunny intervals with what feels like never-ending westerlies was the theme for the day. With no change of wind direction in sight for at least the next week ahead, let’s hope for shift in direction come September. The Holton Lee Little Owl was seen today along with a single Spotted Flycatcher. There were 3 Redstart recorded at Sunnyside, while 2 Osprey were observed at Middlebere before flying north-west towards the Wareham Channel.

A scan with the Brownsea Lagoon webcam revealed 8 Spoonbill, 12 Avocet and reasonable numbers of Curlew, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Oystercatcher and a mobile mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover.

Harbour Update - posted 14/08/19

Extensive cloud cover, poor visibility and showers dominated throughout the day. At times Brownsea Island would disappear out of sight from Poole Quay. However, a scan with the Lagoon webcams revealed an influx of DunlinBlack-tailed GodwitGreenshankRinged Plover accompanying numerous RedshankAvocet and Curlew. The Lagoon is looking superb at the moment with heaps of exposed mud drawing in waders passing through the Harbour.

Seawatching from Branksome Chine produced a total of 5 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Kittiwake, 4 Fulmar, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and an abundance of GannetSandwich Tern and Common Tern. Wader counts at Lytchett Bay totalled 2  Spotted Redshank, 112 Redshank, 113 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 19 Dunlin, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Greenshank, 2 Curlew and 70 Lapwing. A single Yellow-legged Gull and an early returning Little Grebe were also present. An evening visit to Sunnyside scrape produced 3 Wheatear and 3 Gadwall.

Harbour Update - posted 13/08/19

You know things are getting birdy when you get excited about the possibility of hearing Tree Pipit calling at night. Ok, that sounds a bit OTT, but no more than going outside and experiencing Redwings on a cold, overcast October night. What many people don’t realise is that Tree Pipit move in big numbers in the latter part of August and early September, and by standing outside on an overcast night during this time period you can hear the high pitched flight calls of many Tree Pipit as they pass overhead through the dark. The reason we’re talking about this now is because we set our sound recording gear up last night in the Corfe Gap and recoded the first 2 Tree Pipit of the autumn. This is a low number, but at some sites like Ballard and Portland, these sites can sometimes reach over 1000 calls in a single night in late August which is quite an audible spectacle. Also through the Corfe Gap last night was a Common Sandpiper, 1 Nightjar and a mystery wader which sounded like it could have been an Avocet. At the PC World Drain there was also a decent flurry of migrants with 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Kingfisher. At Lytchett Fields wader totals consisted of 121 Redshank, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Green Sandpiper, 9 Dunlin, 8 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Ringed Plover. In Holes Bay north there was a great count of 3 Ruff along with 387 Black-tailed Godwit, 69 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper. There was a Redstart sp (either Common or Black) on the Nuffield Estate. In Middlebere there was a summer plumaged Grey Plover along with a lone Spoonbill, 1 Ringed Plover 1 Peregrine and an Osprey was in the dead trees. On the Brownsea Lagoon 8 Spoonbill were present.

As mentioned on our social media channels late last week we successfully raised and released our 11 Osprey chicks this year and they instantly attracted the attention of the local pair, CJ7 and LS7 who’s daily routine now involves visiting our release site, nicking a load of fish from our feeding nests before then moving off and canoodling one a nest platform elsewhere in the harbour….young lovers hey!

Harbour Update - posted 12/08/19

With the wind finally subsiding today it paved the way for more passerines to found around the harbour as well as a growing number of waders. At Sunnyside Farm the first Redstart of the autumn was in the hedgerow and at Lytchett Fields the first Yellow Wagtail was on the approach pools. Along the Turlin shoreline there was 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Whitethroat with another Garden Warbler at the PC World Drain. Up on Hartland 8 Wheatear were logged along with 2 Yellow Wagtail with cattle and several Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.  Also at Lytchett Fields were 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, c40 Common Redshank, 8 Dunlin, c40 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Whimbrel. In Middlebere 1 Spoonbill was feeding and there were 4 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin and 20 Black-tailed Godwit out on the mud whilst female Osprey ‘Beaky’ caught a whopper of Grey Mullet and sat quite happily on the Middlebere nest platform whilst devouring it. There were 2 other Osprey out in the Wareham Channel at dawn which we think were CJ7 and LS7. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 8 Spoonbill along with 1 Peregrine, 12 Avocet, 7 Greenshank and a smattering of Redshank, Dunlin and Oystercatcher.


Yellow Wagtail - Lytchett Fields 

Female Osprey 'Beaky' with huge Grey Mullet

Harbour Sighting - posted 11/08/19

Numerous Osprey sightings were logged across the Harbour today. At least 2 individuals were seen on the Middlebere platform today and another individual was recorded at Wareham. Other sightings from Middlebere channel include 11 Spoonbill (highest count so far this autumn), 20 Ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin.

Brownsea Lagoon, Holton Pools and Sunnyside Scrape are all areas that are asking for a thorough grilling through August and September. Lytchett Fields, another fine wader hotspot, produced 4 Ringed Plover, 67 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Dunlin, 80+ Redshank, 50+ Lapwing and singles of Spotted Redshank, Whimbrel and Curlew.

At Brands Bay Great Crested Grebe numbers are building already with 24 present, also 3 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper and 108 Curlew. 

A visitor to the BoPH HQ reported 5 Turnstone along the Quay. A wander along the Quayside can produce lovely views of these stocky, medium-sized waders from now onwards throughout the winter months.

Harbour Sighting - posted 10/08/19

A turbulent south-westerly wind persisted throughout the day. Despite the distinct lack of easterlies, a Curlew Sandpiper was recorded at Lytchett Bay along with a small Sand Martin passage and singles of Yellow-legged Gull, Ringed Plover, Spotted Redshank and Whimbrel among the usual wader assemblage frequenting the Pools.

All 10 of the Harbour Spoonbill were seen at Middlebere along with a migrant Osprey, ‘Beaky’. This is the fifth consecutive day the large female has been seen around the channel. Outside of our recording area a Black Guillemot was collected by a local wildlife rescue service from Bournemouth Promenade. Following this unsettled weather, a scan of Poole Bay may produce a disorientated petrel or auk.

Harbour Sighting - posted 09/08/19

A very blustery day with SSW windspeeds of 18mph and rain showers coming and going, leaving us all a bit windswept! Lytchett Bay 41 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank and a Garden Warbler.

Brownsea lagoon has a full count done which saw 1 Spoonbill 30 Common Tern, 1 Knot, 5 Greenshank, 56 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Avocet, 103 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover, 136 Oystercatcher, c22 Shelduck, 2 Moorhen juveniles, c40 Cormorant and the first of the autumn Ruff seen.

Over at Branksome Chine a keen birder was out sea watching and reported 3 Juvenile Kittiwake, 4 Common Scoter, c30 Gannet, 3 Dunlin and c50 Sandwich Tern.

10 Spoonbill landed at Middlebere this morning and a Peregrine was also seen.

Over on the Webcam at Holten Lee the Goldfinch were feeding in large numbers with 14 spotted in one sitting (some of which were juvenile). The resident Great Spotted Woodpecker also visited today.

An Osprey has been spotted at 11am on knarly trees with fish near to Coombe Heath, Arne. 

At Holton Pools there were Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Greenshank and Common Redshank on view. 

Harbour Update - posted 08/08/19

A more productive ringing session at Lytchett Heath this morning produced 61 newly ringed birds from a nice variety of passage passerines including Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff and Bullfinch. The highlight was a Belgian controlled Sedge Warbler to start the session.

‘Beaky’, the beastly migrant female Osprey, was once again observed feeding on the Middlebere platform, accompanied by 6 Spoonbill in the channel. With another 4 Spoonbill roosting on Brownsea Lagoon, that brings the latest total count to 10 individuals.

A Peregrine flushed the familiar wader assemblage at Lytchett Bay along with a single Wheatear on Sherford Pool.

Harbour Update - posted 07/08/19

Another smashing day at Lytchett Bay today with similar counts to yesterday; 22 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank, 14 Green Sandpiper, 57 Black-tailed Godwit and a Kingfisher.

Over at Brownsea Lagoon we have seen 5 Avocet, 2 Redshank and c50 Dunlin. The scrape at Sunnyside is getting more popular with a second Wheatear of the autumn seen and some Meadow Pipet movement.

Harbour Update - posted 06/08/19

A decent number of passage waders were recorded at Lytchett Fields this morning including 135 Redshank, 47 Teal, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Green Sandpiper, 17 Dunlin, 11 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper and singles of Spotted Redshank and Oystercatcher. Over on Brownsea Lagoon 8 Spoonbill were observed feeding/roosting and yesterday saw Peregrine take a Common Tern chick from the Island.

An un-ringed Osprey, probably ‘Beaky’, was caught on camera on the Middlebere platform this afternoon. ‘Beaky’, a large female, was previously observed feeding at the same location for a week back in May this year.

Harbour Update - posted 04/08/19

Yesterday was a Spring tide and with high waters clocking in at just after midday today a visit to Upton Country Park this morning (on a rising tide) produced 70+ Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 20 Little Egret and 1 juvenile Water Rail.

One ringed Osprey, likely CJ7, was spotted near Wareham Forest this morning and another Osprey sighting was logged at Arne. A quick scan of Brownsea Lagoon with the webcam recorded 8 Spoonbill, 2 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Curlew and larger flocks of Dunlin, Redshank and Cormorant.

Harbour Update - posted 03/08/19

A relatively quiet ringing session at Lytchett Heath this morning capitalised on the small Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Blackcap passage. Singles of Grasshopper Warbler and Garden Warbler were among the morning’s highlights. The appearance of 1 Great White Egret, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Egyptian Goose provided additional excitement amongst the familiar waders frequenting Lytchett Bay. Nearby, a single Osprey was observed at Holten Lee before heading off towards the Wareham Channel.

Just South of our recording area a Pied Flycatcher was seen at Durlston Country Park – the Harbour’s first of the Autumn must be any day now. Returning to our recording area, a single Wheatear was recorded at Hartland Moor and 8 Spoonbill were seen on Brownsea Lagoon, equalling yesterday’s count.

Garden Warbler - Lytchett Heath


Sedge Warbler - Lytchett Heath 

Harbour Sightings - posted 02/08/19

A partly cloudy day in the Harbour with a High of 24°Cand Southerly 7mph winds. We have had reports from right across the harbour today starting with an Un-ringed Osprey catching a fish over at Middlebere. This will be the 3rdOsprey currently in the harbour. Over at Holten Lee Pools a Little Egret and Lapwing have been spotted and at Upton Country Park Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank have also been logged.

It been busy at Brownsea today with plenty of waders coming– c110 Dunlin, 8 Spoonbill, c10 Redshank and 12 Curlew. Last night 101 Redshank, 20 Common Sandpiper, 5 Avocet, 6 Ringed Plover and 157 Dunlin.

PC World Drain reported 10 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler and Lytchett Bay saw 2 Spotted Redshank, 28 Green Sandpiper (approaching the record), 6 Greenshank, 8 Common Sandpiper, 111 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, Whimbrel and Curlew.

Harbour Update - posted 01/08/19

Unlike the weather which quickly settled after the recent strong winds, it seems that yesterday’s Curlew Sandpiper on Brownsea Lagoon did not hang around. A scan around the Lagoon with the webcam today picked up 7 Spoonbill and a handful of Black-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper. Lytchett Bay remained bustling with waders including c40 Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, numerous Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Stonechat. An additional 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Lapwing and 2 Little Egret were seen on Holton Pools. A highlight from this afternoon proves it’s always worth having an eye to the sky as an Osprey and Hobby were seen circling over Wareham town centre.

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