First Wheatears Arrive – posted 11/03/14

Poole Harbours first Wheatears of the spring arrived yesterday with 2 out on the Baiter playing fields mid morning. There’s been a big dispersal of many of the over-wintering species, and with many of the spring birds yet to arrive a small dip in activity has occurred over the last few days. A small number of Chiffchaff have also arrive with birds singing from various places around the harbour. Sandwich Tern numbers on the Brownsea Lagoon rose to 9. An Iceland Gull was reported at Upton Country Park. At Swineham/Bestwall an adult female Marsh Harrier and a ringtail Hen Harrier were present with a minimum of 15 Cetti’s Warbler whilst a male Hen Harrier was at Middlebere. And finally, the mystery gull at Holes Bay a few days ago was confirmed as a leucistic Herring Gull, but an easy oversight to think it may have been an Iceland Gull at first sighting.

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