Harbour Update – posted 11/03/16

A fine spring day presented a nice mini fall of Black Redstarts up Old Harry with 3 males and a female/1st year type. Out of Knoll Beach Studland 2 Common Scoter and a Black-throated Diver were out on flat calm waters with a Firecrest nearby too. Off Baiter 5 Great Northern Diver were feeding in the shallow channels, all still in winter plumage and Med Gull numbers were still really impressive on the low tide. At Lytchett Fields 8 Water Pipit can still be found on the pools field and a Chiffchaff was new in. News came in from somewhere that there was a Wryneck at Creekmoor Ponds, although it was neither re-found or confirmed.

Our listening station came up trumps last night too with a great total and range of species migrating across the night sky between 7pm and 3am. Totals included…

Redwing calls – 1351

Blackbird calls – 144

Song Thrush calls – 5

Fieldfare – 1

Skylark – 2

Moorhen – 1

Coot – 1

Dunlin – 1

Curlew – 2

Grey Plover 2

Oystercatcher 5

Teal – 1

Med Gull – 2

There were also several other calls that we’re looking into now, but for early/mid March these totals are fantastic, especially the number of Blackbird migrating back north with the Redwing. We’ll also be recording tonight and be uploading a range of sounds captured from the last few nights hopefully tomorrow.

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