Harbour Update – posted 12/10/14

Today saw a classic mid autumn arrival of Yellow-browed Warblers with no less than 3 dotted around various places. The first was located up on top of Ballard whilst a ‘vis-mig’ watch was being carried out, the second was later found by the restaurant next to the chain ferry at South Haven, and the third was found at Swineham by the entrance of the B&B. You would never believe that this bird was once a national rarity with only a handful of records across the whole country each autumn, but now Poole Harbour can rock up three in a day! The vis-mig’ watch up on Ballard also produced 5 Ring Ouzel, as well as small numbers of Linnet, Goldfinch, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Swallow and Chaffinch. Out in the Wareham Channel there were 3 different Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine.  Along the footpath leading from South Beach to Old Harry a decent sized Chiffchaff and Goldcrest flock were in a row of Sycamores, which I can’t believe didn’t have a Yellow-browed Warbler in it, but hey, you can’t find them all!

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