Harbour Update – posted 17th & 18th July 2020

Autumn presses on with more new arrivals and birds passing through. At Lytchett Fields there was a rise in Greenshank at Lytchett Fields (2) and Middlebere (6). Also at Lytchett Fields were 86 Redshank, 10 Green Sandpiper, 7 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Spotted Redshank. Female Osprey CJ7 has become quite active again on the Poole Harbour nest cam in the last few days, certainly early mornings where she seems to be doing more nest prepping and tidying which is a good sign for next year. It was also confirmed that Teal are breeding at Lytchett Fields, which is always hard to prove. It’s likely that several pairs nest in the harbour but finding them is a different matter all together. In Poole Harbour west 3 Marsh Harrier left the roost, including a new female, making her the 6th different Marsh Harrier to arrive/pass through the harbour in recent weeks (thanks Peter Hadrill for the info). In Holes Bay there was a great mix of waders including 1 Knot, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 18 Curlew, 145 Black-tailed Godwit, 101 Redshank and 5 Oystercatcher. Several ringing sessions have taken place too in the west of the harbour and at Lytchett Heath with combined highlights producing the first migrant Garden Warbler (1) and Willow Warblers (3) passing through, also 11 Stonechat, 5 Bearded Tit, 10 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 25 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat and 4 Chiffchaff.

Garden Warbler – Poole Harbour west

Cetti’s Warbler – Lytchett Heath

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