Harbour Update – posted 04/06/14

Well it looks like there has been an interesting development in the Short-toed Eagle saga, with the revelation that the bird had been photographed flying over Arne about twenty minutes before its discovery at Morden Bog. A visitor to Arne on Saturday morning unassumingly photographed a large bird of prey gracefully drifting over Coombe Heath, Arne and didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until they saw the news story of the eagles discovery that they decided to contact Birdguides and send them the photos, which they did this morning. The photos look good and the timings seem right so it looks as if we’ll be able to add Short-toed Eagle to the Poole Harbour list, which is fantastic. Another interesting development is that the presumed Grey-headed Wagtail up on Ballard on the same day as the eagle is looking like it could well be the suspected species meaning it would be a first for Poole Harbour and only the 7th for Dorset. These Yellow Wagtail sub-species can be really tricky to identify, but local birder Steve Smith does a great job in analysing his discovery on his blog Birding Poole Harbour and Beyond. Finally, Lytchet Bay this morning saw a drake Garganey land on the private wet fields to the north which may not sound that incredible, however it’s the first to occur at the site in exactly 20 years highlighting the fact that if you create the correct habitat then the birds will come!

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