Harbour Update – posted 16/04/16

With Portland going through a bit of a purple patch there was hope in the harbour for some similarly good finds. With so much decent habitat around the harbour finding rarities can take some time but we’re sure there are some out there somewhere.  Around mid morning an Osprey drifted in to the harbour via Studland, across over Brownsea and drifted towards Arne. 7 Spoonbill were seen to fly on to the Brownsea Lagoon. There have been several reports and sightings of Peregrine hunting over Poole Town Centre in recent weeks, sometimes carrying prey. We would like to gather as many Peregrine sightings as we can from in and around Poole Town to try and pin down a possible breeding location. They do breed outside the harbour (Wareham Forest, Old harry/Ballard) but not actually within the town…as far as we know! At Swineham there were 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, Whimbrel and 200+ Hirundines. On Brownsea there were singles of Spotted Redshank and Knot. At Challow hill, Corfe a Nightingale was back on territory, also there 4 Dartford Warbler, 6 Yellowhammer, several Willow Warbler and Stonechat. In Holes Bay North, a small fall of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat appeared in the PCW Drain along with a single Sedge Warbler. There was another Little Ringed Plover at Lytcehtt Fields and in Middlbere 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Ringed Plover and a ringtail Hen Harrier.

Willow Warbler – Fleets Corner – Paul Morton

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