Sightings08/12/2022

Harbour Update – posted 06/12/22

The temperature really plummeted this afternoon, and it seems to be setting the tone for the rest of the week. That said, it was nice to have a taste of Africa confirmed this afternoon when the Willow Warbler we thought we had seen in the PCW Darin yesterday re-appeared and was confirmed. Over-wintering Willow Warbler are incredibly rare as their migratory instincts are so strong during August and early September that all the Northern European population should be well south of the Sahara by now. Also in the PCW Drain were 9+ Common Chiffchaff. Off Jerry’s Point there were 2 Red-throated Diver and 4 Black-necked Grebe. This morning an Eider drifted out of the harbour mouth into Shell Bay with 2 Common Scoter and 2 Black-necked Grebe. Off Pilots Point there were 32 Grey Plover, 12 each of Dunlin and Ringed Plover and 20+ Sanderling. In Holes Bay there were 200+ Avocet, 350+ Black-tailed Godwit, 300+ Dunlin and 50+ Pintail. In the Wareham Channel a White-tailed Eagle flew over the main body of water around midday getting battered by 2 Marsh Harrier.

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