harbour Update – posted 17/04/16

Today was a super still day that saw Hirundines on the move all day, pulsing over, some at great height in waves. A few waders arrived too with a Common Sandpiper at Lytchett Fields also 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 female Redstart, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler and 20+ Blackcap. It was also noted that a ringed Reed Warbler which was ringed as an adult at Lytchett Bay in June 2012 is now back again for its 5th year in a row singing from exactly the same bush as where it was originally photographed in 2014, a pretty mean feat for such a tiny bird. At Studland there were 4 Yellow Wagtail at Greenlands Farm, 6+ Wheatear and c100 Swallow north and in Brands Bay a Great Northern Diver was still present with 177 Black-tailed Godwit. At Arne Woodlark and Dartford Warbler continue to display out on the heathland and another Cuckoo was heard along the Arne Road. A Red Kite was seen drifting over north. 

‘Old Faithful’ Reed Warbler – Lytchett Bay – Ian Ballam


Yellow Wagtail – Lytchett Bay – Ian Ballam


Common Sandpiper – Lytchett Bay – Ian Ballam

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