Harbour Update – posted 19/03/15

The harbour is still fairly quiet and the cold north easterly wind isn’t helping birds trying to move up from the south, and the current birding conditions seemed more winter like today.  It was pretty much run of the mill stuff today with 16+ Med Gulls at Baiter, along with 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 25+ Cormorant feeding off shore. At Norden sewage works there were 10 Chiffchaff including 2 tristis types and a pair of Grey Wagtails. A Red Kite drifted over the Upton/Lytchett Matravers boarder this afternoon and at Lytchett Bay there was 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank and a singing Cetti’s Warbler. A lovely male Wheatear was at Baiter this morning with a few Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtails on the playing fields, and a Red Kite was also over Canford Haeth yesterday.

Last night Magnus Robb from local publishing company the Sound Approach presented a superb talk at the Dorset Bird Club AGM, which focused on his new book…Undiscovered owls.  The teams new title has been 15 years in the making and has seen them experience some incredible discoveries along the way. Included within the book are over 320 beautiful sound recordings with tools to help you learn as you read. If you like owls then you need this book.

The book is available to PRE-ORDER through their website now.

Last of all, we’re thrilled to announce that the new access area at Lytchett Bay is now open. We have spent the last 3 months liaising with the RSPB and putting in place a small but important piece of visitor infrastructure at this previously private site.

To learn more about this new footpath then CLICK HERE


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