Harbour Update – posted 11/08/17

A still dawn with cloud cover just sat off the coast dropped a number of migrants early doors with passage through Ballard including 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 fresh juvenile Firecrest suggesting local breeding, 12 Willow Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff. Along the Wytch Channel there were 2 Redstart, 5 Common Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler and 4 Stonechat. On Brownsea the Bonaparte’s Gull and Little Stint were seen early doors but not later in the day but 23 Little Egret, 11 Avocet, c45 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher put in afternoon appearances. There were 7 Spoonbill in Middlebere and at Lytchett Fields 9 Common Sandpiper were out on the fields with 21 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Kingfisher, 11 Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler and 2 Whitethroat.

Male Firecrest – Ballard 

Common Whitethroat – Ballard 

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