Harbour Update – posted 12/11/22

There was more ridiculously warm weather today, so much so that Common Darter dragonfly’s were active on the wing at RSPB Arne, plus there were more Red Admirals and Speckled Wood on the wing in a sheltered places. That said, last night (and currently tonight) there was/is a big arrival of birds from mainland Europe, which was highlighted by the Dutch Birding team who posted radar graphics highlighting the mass movement of birds. The migration did (in part) reach us here on the south coast with Redwings and Fieldfares passing over at dawn along with smaller numbers of Skylark and some finch species. Tomorrow morning could be good again, but skywatching just before sunrise and for the first hour after sunriseĀ  will often produce the most birds. Wood Pigeon were also moving in small numbers, with c1500 over Lytchett Bay and c1500 over Arne. A new record number of 24 Marsh Harrier left the west harbour roost this morning (can we reach 30)? and a ringtail Hen Harrier was seen in Middlebere again. A White-tailed Eagle was seen crossing the Wareham Channel, 2 Merlin were on Hartland and 1 was at Greenlands Farm. The Snow Bunting was still feeding quite happily along the beach at Shell Bay and a Black Redstart was feeding around the Shell Bay toilet block roof. A Hen Harrier was reported in Holes Bay in the NE sector and the juv Eider was still out in central harbour, viewed from Shipstal Point, Arne. A Great Northern Diver made it into Lytchett Bay (a Lytchett mega) and a handsome drake Wood Duck was on Creekmoor Ponds. On Lytchett Fields a late Curlew Sandpiper was still feeding and an adult Yellow-legged GullĀ flew in and settled on the fields.

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