Harbour Update – posted 15/06/15

A true sign that autumn is coming is when the first Green Sandpipers arrive back, which is exactly what happened today when two were seen at RSPB Lytchett Fields. This may be a sad signal that summer may be over before its even begun, buts let not for get that the autumn migration season can actually last from mid June until mid November, depending on which species you’re looking for, so don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to soak up some sun. Also at Lytchett Fields, another adult Little Ringed Plover, 11 Redshank, 6 Lapwing and 8 Teal now back. On Stoborough Heath still a calling Cuckoo and 1 Willow Warbler on territory. A Cuckoo was still calling at Swineham too. A few waders are still appearing with 7 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Whimbrel in Brands Bay and still good numbers of over-summering Black-tailed Godwit with 139 there too. There were 2 Spoonbill at Arne along with 2 Hobby and a Peregrine. A night recording session in the lower Frome Valley picked up several calling/hunting Nightjar, a flock of Curlew passing overhead, several Water Rail, a passing Coot, a distant Woodlark, night singing Reed Warblers, plus plenty of Grey Heron, Mallard, Gadwall, Marsh Frogs, plus a handful of interesting wader calls that need a bit of following up.

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