Well, a cracking Bank Holiday was all we needed to keep us smiling…until today that is when we’re now looking like we’re going to get hit with gale force winds and torrential rain. It’s not all bad though. An early morning sea watch from one of the Poole/Bournemouth beaches could produce the odd Great or Arctic Skua, Black or Little Tern??

Best of all the Sandwich Terns are all ready back on eggs on the Brownsea Lagoon, so why not watch all the drama unfold live….

Also, don’t miss out on our next outing…don’t delay and book on now as places are limited. For more info visit our events page…

Highlights from the last few days….

Monday 6th was a glorious bank holiday, great for birds, but not so much for birders. Saying that, a Goshawk sighted over Lytchett Bay was a real highlight. Also at Lytchett Bay a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, the Red-throated Diver, 1st winter Little Gull, female Marsh Harrier, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 45 Whimbrel. At Middlebere on a rising tide there were 8 Grey Plover, 63 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover and 9 Whimbrel. At Hatch Pond there was a Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap also Reed Warbler and 3 pairs of Great Crested Grebe present. Holes bay held a good selection of waders with 14 Curlew, 71 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 12 Ringed Plover and a Common Tern. A Nightjar was present on Lytchett Heath.

Tuesday 7th was again stunning. An Osprey flew over Coombe Heath, Arne, also there 3 Dartford Warbler, 1 Woodlark and 1 Tree Pipit. There was a Hobby over Bestwall. A Female Marsh Harrier at Swineham. An uneventful sea watch at Branksome produced a handful of Gannets and 35 Common Scoter. At Hatch Pond a Cuckoo again and a fine male Whinchat. On Canford Heath there where a few Dartford Warbler, 1 Hobby, Linnet and Stonechat. On Brownsea still 2 Spoonbill, 7 Avocet, 1 Golden Pheasant and 4 Dunlin. At Lytchett Bay the Red-throated Diver again, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank and 150 Black-tailed Godwit

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