Sightings26/04/2014

Barn Owl chick hatches and Harbour update – posted 26/04/14

BREAKING NEWS – The Barn Owls have hatched their first chick; watch all the action unfold LIVE HERE. No exotics over the last few days but still plenty about. Starting off on Upton Heath where 1 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo and the first Dartford Warbler fledglings were noted. At Greenland’s Farm 1 Cuckoo, 20 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and 3 Whimbrel. At Middlebere 6 Spoonbill are still around, 1 male Wigeon, 3 Whimbrel, and 162 Black-tailed Godwit. The 2 singing Nightingale at Corfe continue to battle it out. Regular observations of the Poole Harbour harriers by Peter Hadrill have confirmed that there now two separate pairs of Marsh Harrier present in the Wareham Channel with one female looking like she is already on eggs and the other still nest building. There is also another un-paired female about too. At Lytchett Bay 1 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 2 Greenshank, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. At Swineham 3 drake Garganey were on one of the flooded pools along the main track and a Cuckoo was being perused by a Peregrine. Also at Swineham a 1st summer Little Gull, 1 Bearded Tit, 200+ Sand Martin and 4 Cetti’s Warbler. Finally at Brands Bay 8 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo and 3 Common Tern.

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