Harbour Update – posted 05/08/14

If you still haven’t seen Osprey yet this year then the Wareham Channel area seems the place to be at the moment. There are currently two hunting most mornings out in the middle of the channel which can be viewed from somewhere like Swineham, Rockley viewpoint, or Slepe Heath. From the Hartland, Slepe Heath area there was 3 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Redstart, 8 Woodlark, plenty of Dartford and Stonechat. At Swineham 1 Hobby was hunting over the main pit, also a few migrant Willow Warbler, several parties of Great crested Grebe, and a Wasp Spider. On the Brownsea Lagoon 59 Redshank, 15 Avocet, 9 Greenshank, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel and still some fledgling Common Tern. Over the last five days there has been a big movement of juvenile Sedge Warblers moving through the Poole Harbour reedbeds with a small handful of Grasshopper Warblers, beginning to show that many birds have had a good breeding season. 

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