Sightings24/02/2013

22,23,24/02/13

A slow weekend to begin with but eventually sightings started coming in thick and fast. So a round up from the last three days include…

Lytchett Bay where 2 Spoonbill, 1 female Merlin, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 1-2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 4 Water Rail, 4 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail and 9 Little Egret. Holes Bay saw 5 Spoonbill, 1 Firecrest at the PC World Drain and a Spotted Redshank. Shore Road produced an incredible 238 Bar-tailed Godwit and 28 Sanderling. The Swineham Barn Owl is putting on a great show at the moment also a different female Marsh Harrier, 1 pale morph Buzzard, Water Rail and Cetti’s Warbler. There was a female Merlin on Hartland with a ringtail Hen Harrier and Spoonbill at Middlebere, also 14 Ringed Plover at Baiter. Mediterranean Gull numbers continue to rise with birds popping all over the harbour like Baiter, Lytchett Bay, Middle Beach, Arne and Shore Road. Finally the Hamworthy Hoopoe has re-appeared in Lulworth Crescent, Hamworthy.

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