Harbour Update – posted 04/10/16

The strong NE wind looked promising for some visible migration to get going, but as patiently as we waited up on Ballard Down it never got going. The best we could muster was c100 Redwing over the harbour mouth with a small handful of alba wagtails, Goldfinch and Linnet. Luckily the Yellow-browed Warblers were still going strong with 2 still at the PC World drain, another ringed close by in Poole Harbour north and one in an Oakdale garden. The Spoonbill total is increasing with 48 present now, with 45 at Arne and 3 on Brownsea. On Lytchett Fields the Lesser Yellowlegs was there again with 5 Curlew Sandpiper, c150 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover, as well as the usual good numbers of Redshank, Snipe, Lapwing, Teal etc. On Brownsea there was a Little Stint, 1 Sanderling, 15 Curlew, 3 Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Avocet, 2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Wheatear.


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.

This will cause some unavoidable disturbance during Wednesday to Friday least. Visitors may wish to bear this in mind. 


Yellow-browed Warbler – Poole Harbour north – Paul Morton



Ketch heading out across Shell Bay at dawn – Paul Morton


Black (and spot the Bar)-tailed Godwit – Middlebere – Simon kidner

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