20th, 21st May 2013

A few days of settled weather meant birders were able to get out, hence the slight increase in reports from the last few days…

Monday 20th May first record was of a Turtle Dove sat in the middle of the Arne approach road, which was narrowly missed by one of the Arne wardens in his car. Up on Old Harry only a Spotted Flycatcher represented any migration while Skylark, Blackcap and Chiffchaff were all on territory.  In Brands Bay still a Whimbrel and 1 Dunlin.  At Lytchett Bay the highlights were a Greenshank, 3 Lapwing, a singing Lesser Whitethroat, the long staying Red-throated Diver and 10+ Singing Reed Warbler.  The long staying Osprey was again off Rockely Point, and 5 Jays were seen flying into the harbour at South Haven.  At Littlesea, Studland there was a Gadwall, 1 Dark-belled Brent Goose and a Yellow-legged Gull.

Tuesday 21st May was a bit quieter.  Best was a male Garganey at Hatch Pond this morning.  At Greenland’s Farm today still 2 Wheatear, a singing Woodlark, and a Hobby and at Middlebere today 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Hobby, whilst this evening just 1 Wigeon and 1 Whimbrel. 

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