Harbour Update – posted 03/10/16

It’s no wonder autumn is a birders favourite time of year, the variety of birds is just stunning and the unexpectedness is worth every minute you get out of bed early for. This morning, with most of the country dripping in Yellow-browed Warblers there was surely one hiding in the harbour somewhere, in fact as in panned out there were three…all in the PC World drain behind KFC at Holes Bay. Night recording from our listening station in Old Town Poole came up trumps too with 3 Ring Ouzel, 224 Song Thrush calls, 96 Redwing calls, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 small flock of Common Snipe and 1 Coot. At Arne there were also Redwing passing over, with 40 Spoonbill in Arne Bay, the Great White Egret at Shipstal, 5 Firecrest in the car park and a Hobby from the Raptor hide. There was late news of a ringtail Hen Harrier on Hartland from Sunday. At Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs was still on Lytchett Fields with 1 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, c100 Redshank, c50 Snipe and a Marsh Harrier.


Thanks to a grant from the Dorset Bird Club and additional support from the Birds of Poole Harbour and the RSPB, site works will begin at Lytchett Fields on Wednesday to create islands to provide high tide roosts. The works will also include some improvements to habitat and viewing facilities on Sherford Pools.

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