October 2019

Harbour Update - posted 15/10/19

The Osprey has been seen numerous times over at Holes Bay again today, settling on Pergins Island and circling the bay. A Peregrine, a Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail were also spotted here.

PC World Drain has seen a nice variety of species with c30 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher and 4 Goldcrest recorded. Baiter Park also had Black-tailed Godwit and Meadow Pipit Movement.

A spotter on Coombe Heath Trail (Arne) logged Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing whilst over on the path to Middlebere; 7 Bullfinch, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Reed Bunting, increased Thrush numbers were observed.  55 Spoonbill were also recorded off of Shipstal and a Great White Egret seen at Middlebere.

A foggy start for the Brownsea Webcam but once cleared c20 Curlew, c30 Dunlin, Redshank, c50 Avocet, c20 Black-tailed Godwit were seen.

Harbour Update - posted 14/10/19

Would you believe it…rain! It’s getting a bit boring now and we want those northerlies to kick in so the Redwing and Fieldfare can begin to arrive! The constant SW winds are certainly keep vis-mig migration at bay currently. That said, it seemed something tried to get going this morning with a number of Linnet and Meadow Pipit starting to move. At Lytchett Fields a single Spotted Redshank was on the fields along with 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 19 Common Redshank and 4 Grey Wagtail the highlights. At Holton Pools 3 Crossbill were in trees just behind the hide and at Fleets Corner c30 Chiffchaff were feeding in the Sycamores along the channel trying their best to look like a much rarer relative. In Brands Bay a single Osprey was present along with 1 Great White Egret, 3 Brent Geese and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Harbour Update - posted 13/10/19

A drizzly start to the morning but some afternoon sunny spells brightened up the afternoon today. Brownsea Lagoon recorded several wader species including c16 Curlew, c44 AvocetBlack-tailed GodwitDunlin and Redshank and several duck species including TealShoveler and Wigeon.  

Merlin was seen chasing Meadow Pipit at Middlebere whilst over at the hide a Great White Egret, c350 AvocetBlack-tailed GodwitGrey Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Redshank, 19 Lapwing, 8 Swallow, 10 Pintail and abundant and Teal and Wigeon were spotted.

A sea-watcher at Branksome Chine saw 6 Manx Shearwater, 2 Juvenile Kittiwake and a Gannet, whilstthe Osprey that has been spotted this week is still on Pergins Island, Holes Bay. The Peregrine has also been spotted at Asda (Holes Bay).

Not a lot recorded at Lytchett Fields with only a Redwing logged. 1 Mediterranean Gull and 218Oystercatcher at Baiter Park today.

A Merlin was seen chasing starlings at Swineham Point and plenty of Black-tailed Godwit were feeding on the Frome and Piddle Flood plain. Sunnyside Scrape has very high water levels with TealGadwall, 2 Little Egretand 5 Blackcap.

Harbour Update - posted 12/10/19

It’s been a bit of a rainy one again so we didn’t have loads of sightings come in today, though we had some excitement with a Grey Phalarope feeding for most of the day on Brownsea Lagoon, along with 2 Curlew Sandpiper still and including the other regular waders and wildfowl.

We’ve had sightings of Little Egret from the Quay, Brownsea Lagoon and Middlebere, as well as a Great White Egret at Lytchett Fields and another in Brands Bay.

At least one Osprey is still present in the harbour, with a sighting in central Poole Harbour from the Brownsea boat and over Holes Bay again.

A low tide count at Lytchett Bay saw 77 Avocet, 152 Wigeon, 4 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 100+ each of Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Peregrine.

Great White Egret - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam


Harbour Update - posted 11/10/19

Yet again, Holes Bay delivered on Osprey sightings. Today a single bird was observed on Pergins Island early afternoon. A wet and windy trip along Hamworthy beach this afternoon produced a feeding flock of 33 Turnstone and 5 Oystercatcher.

Spotted Redshank frequented Holton Pools today along with the more common waders. Brownsea Lagoon featured good numbers of waders and wildfowl. Highlights included a flock of 80+ Avocet with several feeding very close to the hides with GreenshankRedshankTeal and Shoveler.



Harbour Update - posted 10/10/19

Sunny spells turned into dark clouds over the harbour this afternoon with WSW winds producing 26mph gusts. An Osprey spotted on Pergins Island, eating a fish, around 11.45, Holes Bay. Brownsea Webcam recorded Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew.

A Wheatear was spotted on the Quay, Harbourside path and over at Sunnyside a Lapwing and a Little Egret were recorded. C32 Spoonbill are still being logged near to Shipstal Point.

Harbour Update - posted 09/10/19

Our second School Bird Boat of the winter took place this morning and they were lucky enough to see an Osprey circling right over the boat off Shipstal Point, Arne. A further 3 Osprey were also recorded over at Lytchett Bay so potentially 4 in the area currently. Also spotted from the boat was a flock of 55 Spoonbill at Middlebere and a Red-breasted Merganser in South Deep. Also, at Lytchett Bay, a ringing session this morning produced small movements of Goldcrest, Reed Bunting, Blackcap and Cetti’s Warbler. Lytchett Fields also recorded singles of Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit, along with 2 Greenshank.

A good variety of wader species were logged at Brownsea Lagoon this morning with 83 Avocet, c80 Black-tailed Godwit, c12 Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin and 1 Spoonbill. Wildfowl numbers are still high with Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler and Teal recorded. A Peregrine spent most of the day sat on the back wall of the lagoon surveying the area for unsuspecting prey.

Sunnyside produced a single Firecrest, whilst at the Quay several Swallow flew right over our office. Middlebere was also bustling with c350 Black-tailed Godwit, c150 Avocet, c50 Redshank, a Great White Egret, Lapwing, Teal and Wigeon. A Sparrowhawk was logged at PCW Drain and a Marsh Harrier was seen at Holton Pools in the afternoon.

Sparrowhawk - PC World Drain - Ian Ballam

Harbour Update - posted 8/10/19

A blustery day in the Harbour today with some showery downpours in the afternoon. Brownsea Webcam recorded a lovely flock of c24 Avocet and a Great Egret. Also present were c16 Curlew, c30 Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit flying in and out throughout the day.

A ringing session by the Stour ringing group at Lytchett Fields this morning logged a stunning 40 Bearded Tit in addition to 3 Cetti’s WarblerReed BuntingGoldcrestChiffchaff and Reed Warbler.

This morning an Osprey has been spotted over Holes Bay again heading towards the Twin Sails bridge and out into the Harbour.

A male and female Merlin were perched together Hartland Moor at midday and a Hobby was also spotted high over the Scotland Farm area shortly after. An adult male Marsh Harrier was also recorded alongside a sub-adult. Another Marsh Harrier was seen hunting over the fields at Holton Lee this morning.


Harbour Update - posted 07/10/19

A bit quiet today due to the weather but the harbours and the county’s first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autimn was found in the PC World drain, viewed from the KFC car park looking back across the channel. Also there 20+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 5 Goldcrest. At Lytchett Fields there was a late Yellow Wagtail also 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 9 Greenshank and c200 Teal. In Lytchett Bay there was a single Spoonbill. In Holes Bay an Osprey was seen briefly in the northern section. A night sound recording session just north of the harbour produced 8 Redwing calls, 17 Song Thrush calls and 1 Robin.

Harbour Update - posted 06/10/19

A Survey boat departed this morning and meandered down the Wareham Channel logging a plethora of species. Highlights included huge wader numbers comprised of 1874 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel and 16 Avocet among others. Other notable sightings include 11 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Brent Geese, 240 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 48 Little Egret, 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Sandwich Tern, 240 Black-headed Gull and singles of Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Snipe and Greenshank. Hirundine passage continued to trickle through with a splattering of Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin sightings. Additional sightings from Swineham include 197 Coot, 1 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Ruff and 22 Lapwing.

Our second consecutive Osprey watch morning at Holes Bay came up trumps again with an un-ringed juvenile Osprey fishing over the bay, attracting a crowd of 50 or so onlookers. Feeding flocks of Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatcher were also observed along with Black-headed Gull, Wigeon, Teal, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Grey Wagtail.

Last night our sound recording equipment was set up in the Corfe Castle Gap and identified 21 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, and singles of Brent Goose, Oystercatcher and Moorhen. Sunnyside recorded passage Goldcrest and Blackcap whilst Lytchett Fields there were 15 Spoonbill, singles of Hobby, Whinchat, Grey Plover and 5 Bearded TitThe max Spoonbill count was recorded at over, logging a flock of 50 individuals. 

A juvenile Honey Buzzard was logged over the Piddle Valley late afternoon and another Osprey was in Brands Bay too. Around Swineham/Piddle floods there were 2 Ruff, 22 Lapwing, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Common Snipe.

Osprey - Holes Bay South - Fiona Liddiard


Harbour Update - posted 05/10/19

A spontaneous Osprey Watch Event at Holes Bay this morning was a great success with many people enjoying views of an Osprey successfully hunting over the Bay. After serval failed attempts the bird caught a fish and carried its prey to feed on Pergins Island. Feeding flocks of Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher and Redshank were also seen along with numerous Great Crested Grebe and Kingfisher sightings. Studland Bay has logged the first returning Black-necked Grebe for the winter. Two individuals were recorded as well as 5 Brent Geese and 35 Mediterranean Gull.

Brownsea Lagoon offered wonderful views of feeding waders including 19 Curlew, c36 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Avocet, 1 Merlin on the tern islands and a Peregrine. The Grey Plover are now frequenting Arne after arriving on Brownsea Lagoon late-September. Other species recorded on the reserve included Curlew, Lapwing, Avocet, Redshank, Dartford Warbler, and several passage Swallows. A female Goshawk was logged over Wareham Channel, coming in from the Frome over to Giggers Island. A large female was recorded over Slepe Heath recently on the 13th September. A pair of Marsh Harrier were also observed over Gigger’s Island. The Swineham Cattle Egret was still present at Gravel Pits today and the juvenile Spotted Redshank was again observed on Lytchett Fields.

Due to the success of our Pop Up Osprey Watch along the Holes Bay cycle path, c700m north of Asda this morning we plan to run it again tomorrow from 9am to 12pm. We will have scopes on binoculars set up ready so please join us if you can!

Merlin - Brownsea Lagoon - Derek Morgan

Harbour Update - posted 04/10/19

A dry start to the day quickly turned into a wet afternoon with 20mph WSW winds and light rain.

An Osprey was spotted just off of Cobbs Quay, diving in and catching a fish only to be followed shortly after by a second individual who also caught a huge fish, what a fantastic sight for this time of year. There was also a Common Redstart along the main footpath at Holes Bay.

28 Spoonbill and a Marsh Harrier were recorded in the Wareham Channel.  Another Marsh Harrier was also seen over at Holten Pools along with Greenshank and a Wren. A Ringed Plover was also seen with several Dunlin at Baiter Park.

Large numbers of c16 Goldfinch were visiting the feeders today along with the regular Great-Spotted Woodpecker.

Duck numbers are on the increase at Swineham with 9 Pintail in amongst a mixture of Gadwal, Wigeon and Teal. Numbers of Duck are also increasing at Brownsea Lagoon with Teal and Shovler amongst the variety. c12 Curlew, several Dunlin and Redshank also present.

Common Redstart - Holes Bay cycle path - Rene Goad

 Osprey in Holes Bay south - Paul Morton

Harbour Update - posted 03/10/19

A flock of 20+ Bearded Tit was recorded in the reedbeds between Pools Field and Lytchett Bay along with a single Marsh Harrier. A Peregrine bombing through Lytchett Fields flushed a lone Bar-tailed Godwit and newly arrived juvenile Spotted Redshank. A probable Merlin was also seen flying west across the Wareham by-pass early afternoon.

Holes Bay remains the place to see Osprey at the moment! This morning saw 3 different individuals over the Bay, a brilliant total for one place in early October! A glimpse of the disturbed gulls from Poole Quay warranted a quick scan with the binoculars and produced another Osprey soaring over the boat yard heading west towards Wareham Channel.

Holes Bay also harboured 1 Kingfisher, c400 Wigeon and 1 Brent Goose, an unusual sighting as Studland Bay typically hosts early returning birds in October.

Harbour Update - posted 02/10/19

Today we took out our first School Bird Boat of the winter and we were lucky with the weather, having only 6mph winds for a calm and pleasant cruise.  An Osprey was spotted first thing flying directly over the Birds of Poole Harbour Office. 4 further Osprey were recorded with 3 together at Holes Bay and 1 seen at the same time close to the boat, resulting in an unusually high number for this time in the year. Also recorded from the boat were 2 Peregrine, c30 Spoonbill, c50 Avocet, 4 Sandwich Tern and 6 Dark-bellied Brent Geese. A Wheatear was also seen at Holes Bay.    

Brownsea Lagoon was flourishing today with a variety of species recorded including 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, 14 Knot, 12 Greenshank, 52 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Ringed Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 1 Sanderling, c12 Curlew, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Firecrest and a Cetti’s Warbler (a rare sighting for Brownsea).

At Greenlands Farm there was a single Whinchat, 6 Wheatear and plenty of Chiffchaff. We also carried out our first night ringing session of the autumn in the south of the harbour which resulted in a handful of Common Snipe seen (1 caught and ringed) and a single Jack Snipe seen. 

At Middlebere there were 24 Wigeon, 800+ Black-tailed Godwits , 300+ Avocet, 4 Redshank, 9 Shelduck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Spotted Flycatchers around the barns along with 10+ Chiffchaff. 

Harbour Update - posted 01/10/19

The miserable morning weather didn’t put off some, birding from a vehicle at Baiter Park produced a reasonable Turnstone flock of c20 birds around the slipway, also 4 Ringed Plover and the first 2 Rock Pipit of the autumn. A minimum of 5 Marsh Harrier were seen quartering along the Wareham Channel once the heavy showers passed this morning. Hyde’s Heath featured 3 Hobby chasing one another and another individual was spotted amongst the hirundine flow on Hartland Moor. A juvenile Peregrine was perched on a gatepost towards the Ridge end of the Moors and a single Osprey was observed crossing the Channel from Middlebere.

An Osprey was seen hunting over Lytchett Bay this morning before landing in tree and being mobbed by a Magpie. Meanwhile Lytchett Fields recorded 2 Knot and c15 Black-tailed Godwit. The several Grey Plover that arrived on Brownsea Lagoon recently were still present.

 Turnstones - Baiter Park

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