Sightings17/10/2020

Harbour Update – posted 17/10/20

The highlight from today was the probable Long-eared Owl reported in a Lilliput garden this morning, watched  briefly by the observer until seen off by crows. The Cold Harbour Yellow-browed Warbler continued to frequent the area surrounding the Forestry Commission Wareham Office and a Red Kite drifted over Upton this afternoon, possibly the same bird over Swanage North Beach just over an hour later. It also seems that the Lytchett Fields Grey Phalarope relocated to the Stilt Pools at Swineham. A Hobby was seen hunting out over Hartland mid-morning and Marsh Harrier were spread across the west of the harbour at dawn.

The Linnet flock knocking around the Arable Field, Lytchett Bay has steadily increased in recent weeks, today hitting impressive 168 strong! Having not been recorded in Lytchett Bay since mid-August, several Mediterranean Gull made a welcome appearance, with just one in the Bay and 2 on the Fields. The Fields also held an additional 249 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 62 Common Redshank, 63 Lapwing and 6 Common Gull. Holes Bay recorded counts of 493 Wigeon, 25 Shoveler, 9 Pintail, and 5 Teal on rising Spring tide, as well as 2 Kingfisher, c.400 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Dunlin, 50+ Redshank and 20 Knot.

Red Kite – Upton – Tony Furnell

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