Harbour Update – posted 16/10/19

Baiter playing field provided great views to compare feeding Bar-tailed Godwit and Black-tailed Godwit. A visit to Hatch Pond this afternoon produced views of 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a single Gadwall.

A Great White Egret was spotted this morning at Newton Bay from the School Bird Boat along with a handful of Brent Geese arriving into the Harbour. PC World drain continued to hold the c20 Chiffchaff and 10 Goldcrest along with a flock of 20 Redwing over in the morning.

At Swineham, despite the drop in wildfowl numbers in recent years there seems to be an upturn recently with c200 Canada Geese today (excellent Sea Eagle food) along with c150 Coot, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Wigeon, 73 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 flyover Spoonbill and a decent Starling murmuration of several hundred birds is beginning to form. Along the Wareham Walls a Wheatear was feeding and at Middlebere there were 300+ Avocet, 1000+ Black-tailed Godwit and building numbers of Pintail, Wigeon and a few Brent Geese were present. At Lytchett Fields a Ring Ouzel was flushed from the approach path and a Peregrine was in the dead trees on the edge of the fields.

At Baiter the first Brent Goose for the site was present mid afternoon along with 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 102 Oystercatcher, 27 Turnstone, 3 Rock Pipit and 2 Sandwich Tern. Whilst at Poole Park there were 2 Little Grebe, 25 Coot, 6 Sandwich Tern and a Sparrowhawk. At Shipstal, Arne only 40 Spoonbill were counted today.

With no Osprey sightings today, could yesterday have been the depature date for the juvenile hanging around Holes Bay recently?

 Black and Bar-tailed Godwit – Baiter Park

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