Sightings13/05/2016

Harbour Update – posted 12/05/16

After the late night discovery of the Black-winged Stilt last night at Lytchett Fields it was with welcome news that it was re-found this morning, along with the reappearance of the Glossy Ibis which spent the day mooching around all the wet fields on site. With both these southern European birds present on site at the same time it felt rather like the Costa Del Lytchett at times! Lets hope they stick around for a while. There was also a Ruff and Common Sandpiper at Lytchett Fields. From Slepe Heath, looking out across Arne Moors and the Wareham Channel there was a minimum of 9 Hobby hunting at 13:15. Middlebere saw 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, c80 Dunlin and 1 Hobby.

A night recording session from our Listening Station in Old Town Poole from Tuesday night saw another big pulse of Ringed Plover and Dunlin moving right the way through the night. It was surprisingly also our busiest night for Whimbrel so far this spring with no less than 7 birds encountered along with Redshank, 2-3 Tree Pipit, 9 individual Common Sandpiper and what sounded like a decent sized flock too just before dawn, although its most likely there were actually only a 2-3 passing over. Have a listen below and see what you think.

Common Sandpiper Flock – Calls of night time migrants – Old Town Poole Listening Station

 

Glossy Ibis – Lytchett Fields – Martin Wood

Black-winged Stilt – Lytchett Fields – Ian Ballam

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