Harbour Update – posted 12/09/17

Today Brownsea remained on good form with the Baird’s Sandpiper, 1 Black Tern, 1 Garganey, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 juv Sanderling, 25 Greenshank, 4 Spotted Redshank, 25 Avocet, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear and 200+ Teal along with 8 Wigeon, 17 Shoveler and 20+ Gadwall. At Lytchett Fields the Wood Sandpiper remained but the fields were really flooded so most birds had moved off. At Middlebere there were 32 Spoonbill, the Scottish ringed Osprey and a nice selection of migrants along the access track including Hobby, Whinchat, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat and Common Whitethroat. In the harbour mouth a single Arctic Tern fed briefly. Migration through Ballard included 47 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 6 Grasshopper Warbler, 25 Blackcap and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Our daily PM check on this summers translocated Osprey juv’s revealed that two more have now gone leaving just LS6 here all on his lonesome. LS0 left some time during Monday and LS2 left some time today. This was slightly surprising as the weather wasn’t exactly ‘departure friendly’ but at least it was a SW wind meaning any birds moving south across the English Channel would be blown over mainland Europe rather than out over the Bay of Biscay. 

Spotted Flycatcher – Ballard Down – Olly Slessor

Kingfisher – Brownsea Lagoon – Paul Morton

Juvenile Swallow – Brownsea Lagoon – Paul Morton

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