Harbour Update – posted 05/10/20

Finally a bit of rest-bite in the weather, which resulted in a good number of sightings including several good birds from the northern fringes of the harbour. At dawn an Osprey was hunting in Lytchett Bay, the first for over two weeks now. Plus, at dawn 7 different Marsh Harrier left the west harbour roost and an additional wing-tagged individual flew along the Wareham Channel, headed towards Corfe before then being seen near Old Harry. There were also 2 Merlin on Hartland Moor. In Holes Bay NE there were 2 Avocet, c450 Wigeon, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Pintail, c150 Redshank and 2 Kingfisher. The PC World Drain was also busy with c20 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Song Thrush and 2 Kingfisher. Lytchett fields really delivered again with the Long-billed Dowitcher re-appearing on Sherford Pools at 16:30 and during the day there were 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, c450 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Marsh Harrier. The Middlebere Channel saw c400 Avocet and c500 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Marsh Harrier.

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