Sightings11/08/2017

Harbour Update – posted 09/08/17

Another wet day but light enough to bird but consistent enough to down a handful of migrants. On Hartland 2 Redstart, 3 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat and several Willow Warbler were in a feeding flock near the entrance of Middlebere. On the Brownsea Lagoon the Bonaparte’s Gull reappeared and an adult Little Stint dropped in too. At Lytchett Bay there were 6 Spoonbill, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 130+ Redshank, 70+ Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Green Sandpiper, 12+ Common Snipe and 4 Common Sandpiper. In Poole harbour west 2 new Marsh Harrier arrived in to the harbour including an adult male and a duller male, making that 5 different birds present over the last week.

The Osprey chicks didn’t do a great deal today other than sit, and sit…and sit. As we said, the rain wasn’t too bad, and there wasn’t any wind but it was enough rain to make them not want to move very far very fast, and we can’t blame them!

We also spoke to Charlie Moores at Hen Harrier day about what Hen Harriers mean to us southerners here in Poole Harbour and you can listen to that conversation within THIS PODCAST

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