Harbour Update- posted 04/04/15

Today we hopefully saw the last of that chilly northerly wind…well, for a little while at least. It all but killed off any passage with only a tiny handful of Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin being reported from Swineham, Lytchett Fields and Studland. A Serin found singing in Corfe was undoubtedly todays highlight, but was only seen by the lucky finder. Whether this was a quick migrant stopping off or a possible loiterer we don’t know but I assume someone will be checking in the milder weather tomorrow. On Brownsea there were 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Spoonbill, 3 Greenshank, 6 Knot, 13 Grey Plover, 400 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 72 Med Gulls, 22 Sandwich Tern and 6 Avocet.  The Great Grey Shrike was again on Godlingston.

I also had another Water Rail migrating over my garden last night (two in two nights), this time producing a clearer, slightly louder call.

Second Water Rail – Flight call of a night time migrant – Lytchett Matravers


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