Harbour Update – posted 10/09/14

If you can get out at the moment, then I highly recommend it as many more migrants are currently passing through, and Poole harbour is also now starting to see some scarcities. The Great White Egret was showing well in the Little Egret roost on Little Sea, Studland and I even managed to get some pretty dire heat hazy video footage, which you can view HERE. Thanks Steve Smith ( for the photo of the bird in flight showing a peculiar orange tinge to the wing coverts, possibly pointing to it being a juvenile? It seems this bird is fairly settled and may hang around a while, so to try and view it scan from the High Hide which is up the track, opposite the entrance to Greenland’s Farm, or like today out in Brands Bay where it spent some time. Another stunning bird from today was Poole Harbours second White-winged Black Tern in two years! Seeming as there has only ever been one previous Poole Harbour record going back to 1961, this is quite something. It was found feeding by Graham Armstrong along the Brownsea shoreline, viewed from the House Boats at Studland where it quite happily fed for around an hour before heading up over Brownsea Castle and then disappearing towards Shore Road. I also hosted a guided walk this morning for Dorset Bird Week around the Soldiers Road, Slepe/Hartland area where my group and I were treated to a real migrant spectacle. The focus was migrants of Purbeck and they certainly didn’t let us down with 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit, 5 Woodlark, 6 Dartford Warbler, 100’s of Swallow, 100’s of Meadow Pipit and to top it off 2 Osprey feeding out in the Wareham Channel with one getting mobbed by a Peregrine. At Little Sea, Studland there were 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 2 Whitethroat and 5 Stonechat. At Lytchett Bay 7 Wigeon were present also 2 Ruff, 50 Yellow Wagtail, 77 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Green Sandpiper.

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