Sightings17/05/2013

13, 14, 15, 16 ,17/05/2013

Strong south-westerlies for most of the week hampered any good birding but still some nice sightings.

Monday 13th only saw a few reports come in from Lytchett Bay where the Red-throated Diver was still present. Also there 391 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover.

Tuesday 14th again had a Lytchett Bay focus where an Osprey and a ringtail Harrier sp were the highlights, also there 300+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Gadwall and lots of Swallow passing through.

Wednesday 15th saw 2 Spoonbill and 2 Avocet still on the Brownsea Lagoon where the Sandwich and Common Tern numbers continue to increase. Hobby numbers also continue to grow with plenty of sightings over Arne, Hartland and Sunnyside.

Thursday 16th was fine and still and some coverage from Swineham was most welcome where a singing Lesser Whitethroat was down at the point, 3 Sedge Warbler seemed settled, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 7+ Reed Warbler and 7+ Hobby out over the Purbeck ridge.

Friday 17th was again calm and still which called for a Poole Harbour ringing session, read about todays session here.  Other sightings included 4 pairs of Dartford Warbler and a Woodlark at Arne, 2 Hobby along the Arne road and  still 2 Spoonbill on the Brownsea Lagoon.

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