Harbour Update – posted 13/10/15

Some exciting news came to light today when a recording of a mystery Pipit from yesterdays Glebeland’s vis-mig session was analysed to show it to be an Olive-backed Pipit. The recording has been submitted to the DRC (Dorset Rarities Committee) along with a description and an annotated sonagram created by Magnus Robb explaining his conclusion. If accepted it will be a first record for Poole Harbour and coincidently came a day before one was trapped and ringed on Portland!

 Olive-backed Pipit РGlebelands, Studalnd 12/10/15

At Middlebere 6 Crossbill passed north along the track along with a few Siskin, 1 Skylark, 3 Bullfinch and Goldcrest were calling from every bush. From the hide there were 200 Avocet, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Pintail, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Kestrel. Thrush passage at Lytchett Bay consisted of 152 Redwing/Song Thrush north whilst at South Haven, Studland 18 Redpoll, 315 Siskin, 253 Linnet, 273 Goldfinch, 161 Chaffinch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 23 Song Thrush, 19 Redwing, 90 Meadow Pipit, 25 Swallow, 11 House Martin and a Sparrowhawk all passed the across the harbour mouth. On Brownsea there were 16 Spoonbill, 18 Spotted Redshank and a Peregrine. A ringtail Hen Harrier was seen at Arne and the Marsh Harrier roost has stayed consistent with 7 birds.

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